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Breast Implants and Breast Augmentation Stories from our Visitors

If you have already read Nicole's Story, you have a pretty good idea what this section of the website is all about. After several women emailed their breast augmentation stories to us, we thought it would be great to have women share their full-length recovery stories after their breast implant surgeries for everyone's benefit. Thankfully, many women have contributed, some in more detail than others.

Here are the stories of our visitors. Many names have been changed for privacy. Where appropriate, there is detail in parentheses so you can decide if you are interested. Click on a name to read.

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I Can Take My Boobs Out of the Garage Now!

Growing up with my breasts parked in the garage was always a nightmare! Most of my friends had something in the boob department, but I struggled to find the padded bra or the bathing suit with the boobs sewn in them! I had wanted bigger breasts and had tried everything; from creams and breast pills, just to avoid the surgery. Finally giving up, I went to see a plastic surgeon and he asked me what I wanted in regards to breast size. Naturally I didn't have a clue as to what I was answering to, so I suggested a full C cup. I had asymmetrical small B breasts and the left one had a little droop to it. Nothing major but completely noticeable to me. He measured me and said that he would give me a 325CC Mentor Smooth Round Saline Implant partially submuscular. I thought that sounded nice, until his nurse came in with a small laptop and showed me pictures. 325CC seemed too small of a difference to pay 4000 dollars for!!!!! So I asked him for a larger volume.

He agreed and I went home and filled sandwich bags with water or rice, just to see what they would look like. Despite the mess I made, I liked what I saw when I viewed my profile. Surgery day came 2 weeks following my consultation and I brought in pictures of what I wanted. Of course, they were all super models with a size 2 frame, so their breasts looked really big but nice. I am, unfortunately, not a size 2, I am on the more normal range of weight for average women.........so they told me that it wouldn't look as good on me, due to my larger frame.

Before they sedated me in the twilight zone, I mentioned that I wished for my asymmetry to be corrected and for my smaller left breast to be more in suit with the right one. For 4000 dollars, you should have the option of many things!

Other than the fact that I had a reaction to the anesthesia, and they had to intubate me, and my chest cavity swallowed up the 350CC implant, they finally fitted me with a 350CC implant and filled me up to a 400CC. Well, that didn't do too much with asymmetry of the breasts but it did give me breasts!!!

During my recovery period, I didn't have any trouble with nausea, but I did have constipation issues and the pain was next to nothing I had experienced. When they were trying to put me in the car from the wheelchair, I made the mistake of helping them by lifting myself up with my arms...big mistake! When your pectoral muscles are cut, they are useless. I laid in bed for a few days, walked around to prevent thrombosis and lived off of chicken noodle soup and valium until I felt better. It was hard to find a comfortable way to sleep, due to the fact that my breasts were so tender and hard. I couldn't believe how hard they were and and how high! It looked as though someone had literally punched my boobs up into my throat! Every day when I woke up, I cradled my boobs and flung my legs over the bed just to catapult myself up...it was hilarious to my husband but not so funny to me. I dreaded waking up during those mornings and I have to say, that lasted for over a month. My nipples were an entirely different story...they were so hypersensitive, that I took my sports bra and cut out nipple holes to fit my national geographic land map sized nipples through. I looked so funny....high, hard boobs in a sports bra, with my nipples poking out! I was also bloated like an 8 month pregnant woman and that lasted for a few weeks. My left breast implant is still higher than the right, and that drives me insane. But the doctor says that sometimes that happens on the dominant side. I can live with that.

Patience is so important when you have surgery and anyone who knows me, knows that patience is not one of my virtues. So, I called the plastic surgeons office many times during the frist couple of weeks post op. I had a million questions to ask and I wanted more than anything, reassurance. I am now 10 weeks post op and I still have some hypersenstivity in both breasts and my right incision, (which by the way, I had the incision under the breast) is still tender but they are dropping steadily. I had to get used to manhandling my boobs on a daily basis and that gets easier with each passing day. My right breast is larger than the left and I tell myself that it is from swelling. I mean, it couldn't be that 400 CC in each side is going to fix the asymmetry in my breasts! I always thought it made more sense to give me more volume in the left, considering it was smaller to begin with. Perhaps had I gone to a female plastic surgeon, she may have known how important it was to me to have my breasts symmetrical.

I wish I could say that my experience was a mildly pleasant one, where I had surgery one day, and then was out sailing the next. No, that was not my story! Do I regret my decision to undergo a BA, not at all. Am I one of the women in the world who wish for them to last 50 years, you bet!!! And do I know the end size from all this, no, I go from wearing a 36C cup to a 36D cup. I suppose, when my breasts are done doing their thing, I will be able to find a comfortable bra. Until then, I am satisfied to look down and see some cleavage between two saline mounds of joy!!!!

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- Tina

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