bmacadang2 on Realself
9 years ago
05/16/2014, 16:07 PM
First, I would like to thank all the ladies and doctors who have posted pictures, reviews, and answers on here. I found this website a few days ago and have been on it almost every waking moment LOL! So many of my questions have been answered - thank you all! After MANY years of going back and forth about getting a breast augmentation, I finally decided to take the plunge and BOOBIE DAY will be happening in just a few short weeks...EEEEKKK!
I want to 'give back' and offer details of my BA journey in hopes that it will help other women like you have all helped me through this process.
So...let me start with just a little about myself. I am 34 years old, petite (5'1"/116 lbs./12.5 BWD), and I currently use Victoria Secrets Bombshell (add 2 cup sizes) 34B (but sadly I don't fill them and could really be a 34A but wearing a B makes me feel somewhat more womanly). I have always been petite and being a Filipina always being around family members who were small chested, I never really fussed about my breasts. Although I'm small chested, it seemed proportionate to my size so I never really obsessed over them...until I had my son. I had my son at the age of 18 and LOVED my boobs at that time! I believe I went up to a small C and it was great! I breast fed for about 3 months and everything deflated & got covered in stretch marks after that. My husband is more of a butt guy, so he never really said anything about my breasts, but I have grown to really dislike them and at time will begin to feel less confident because of them. We moved to Las Vegas approximately 9 years ago...and that is when I really began to consider breast augmentation. When you are in Vegas, especially during the summer season, boobs are EVERYWHERE so I began being more self-conscious of the pair of saggy little bunny ears on my chest.
I would do research here and there, but never really "took it seriously"...until I began going to they gym this year and noticed that they have been shrinking even more. The gab between my breast and my VS bra cup has been getting larger and I knew it was time!
I had 2 consultations with great doctors that were recommended to me by friends that recently have gotten breast augmentations. The first consult was referred by a family friend who has survived breast cancer. She said her doctor that did her reconstruction was AMAZING...so I had to check them out. The second PA was referred by a coworker who has awesome looking results from her recent procedure.
I went to see both PSs and they were great! I decided to go with the first PS because his credential are outstanding and they made me feel VERY comfortable. The second office was awesome too, but at the end of my consult, it almost felt like they were really trying to "close" the sale and I didn't like that too much. The new patient coordinator asked if I was going to or had been to other consults and when I told her yes (I initially had a total of 3 consults lined up), she asked who they were and had something bad to say about each of them. Again, she probably meant no harm by her comments, but I personally didn't like the approach.
In any case, I have selected Dr. Himansu Shah and the BIG day is scheduled for June 12th!! My consult with him was on May 5th and my pre-op visit will be on May 28th!! During my consult, he took really meticulous measurements and even as petite as I am, he said that I had enough breast tissue coverage to do above muscle. Because of all the reading I have been doing for the past 7-8 years, I expressed my concern about getting my implants placed above the muscle. He answered all my questions and addressed each of my concerns then left the ball in my court. He said that not all women are built to be able to look natural with above muscle BA, but he just wanted me to know that I was fortunate enough to have that option. He also noticed that my left breast was a tiny bit larger than my right and drooped a bit. He said an above muscle procedure will fix that right up. I have pretty good amount of cleavage to begin with so he said that will not be a problem. There was no pressure to go either way (over or under muscle) and it was nice that he took the time to educate me on my options and gave me pros and cons for both placements. After my time with Dr. Shah, his nurse took me into another room to try on some sizers. She gave me a 32D bra and began to give me different implants to fill them with...so much fun! I really liked the look of 450cc. Under my shirt, it looked just like I had my VS Bombshell bra on :) I hold a management position for a well respected resort so I didn't want anything CRAZY! I am perfectly fine looking the same (ok, maybe a tad bit bigger) under my suites. As I said, the main reason for me getting a BA is to feel like a lady again and to gain some of my confidence back. I want to be able to have a great night out with my husband and after all is said and done, when the bra comes off at night...the boobs go with it. I also mentioned that I have been working out more so I have been wearing sports bras religiously. I now wear an XS and look like I have the upper body of an adolescent boy when I go to the gym. I just want some of my curves back :(
So...that is me and some background about my BA journey. At this point, I am very nervous (mostly about going under since I've never been under general anesthesia before) and the post-op pain (since I am such a cry baby). I am a real worry wort so my imagination runs wild more often than I would like it to so thoughts of complications after surgery are also weighing on me.
I have been taking my daily vitamins and vitamin C because I want to be as healthy as I can for my surgery in a few weeks. Other than that, I can't wait to FINALLY have BOOBS! At this point I will be going with HP Round Silicone but I am on the fence between 400cc or 450cc. I know it is such a small difference but I don't know why I can't make up my mind. In the end, I guess it will be up to the Dr. to see what looks best and natural on me while I'm on the operating table. Oh, I also am on the fence about going above or below muscle. I will discuss more with my PS during my pre-op and will have to trust that he is the professional and what he recommends is what I will go with.
I will try to post more as this journey progresses :)