Breast Implant Surgery Review w/ Ideal Implants For My Uneven Breasts ( 625C & 525CC )
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Breast augmentation - Saline breast implants
My Breast Augmentation Experience
Implants Type: Ideal Implants
My Plastic Surgeon: Dr. Paul Izenberg in Ann Arbor, MI
I never had large breasts, but after losing 60 pounds, my breast size had shrunk down to almost nothing. For this reason, I had always considered breast implants, but I wasn't sure where to start and what kind of breast implant type I wanted. Did I want saline implants or silicone implants? Was I willing to take the risks? I knew I needed to start by finding and visiting a great doctor.
I first met with a plastic surgeon in Southfield, Michigan, who came recommended by a friend. I met him for my initial consultation, but found out that he only operated in the surgical center in his building and not a hospital. I did not feel comfortable having my breast augmentation procedure outside of a hospital, because I knew that if something went wrong during my procedure, I would be much better off in a hospital, which has all of the staff and tools necessary if any complications arose.
After ruling out the first surgeon, I had a second consultation with the doctor I ended up choosing - Dr. Paul Izenberg. Dr. Izenberg is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Izenberg was very informative during our first consultation. He told me about all the different sizes and types of implants offered and after I told him I was more interested in saline implants than silicone implants, he recommended Ideal Implants. Ideal Implants are brand new to the market. Ideal implants have the more natural feel of silicone implants, but with the safety of saline implants. They're designed with an inner silicone shell, surrounded by multiple saline shells. This makes the implant harder to rupture and maintains the shape of it should an inner pock break. The design of the implant also prevents a broken external shell from leaking silicon into your body. This is unlike traditional silicone implants, where if the silicone shell ruptures, silicone leaks into your body. Since silicone gel doesn't travel far from the shell casing when ruptured, an MRI is typically required to detect the leak. Ideal Implants cost more than regular saline implants, but are worth the additional cost because of the safety profile, and the fact that they don't ripple or pop as easily if you're in an accident.
Like most women, my breasts are slightly uneven, with one breast being larger than the other. Dr. Izenberg recommended 355cc implants for my left breast and 455cc implants for my right breast. Both implants would be placed under my muscle, which helps prevent capsular contractures. Capsular contractures are a risk associated with breast augmentation surgery, when scar tissue forms around your implant capsule, and your breast becomes rock hard. I definitely did not want that. The implants were to be placed through an inframammary incision (under the breast fold, so the incision is hidden very well. Other types of incisions are underarm incision and periareolar incision). Everything sounded good to me and the doctor assured me that the breast surgery would leave me with a very natural look. I booked my surgery the day of my initial consultation. I was anxious, but excited for my new breasts!
The day of surgery had finally arrived. I came to the hospital early in the morning and was told to change into a robe (they do this during your consultation too) and given socks. The robe opened from the front, so they could have easy access to my breasts. I was also told that because I have a dermal piercing, which can not be removed, I had to sign a waiver saying I understood there was a risk of one the instruments creating a current through the piercing, which could leave me with a burn on my face (which, fortunately, did not happen). I then sat in a chair and was given a leg warmer and warming blanket, which helped make me more comfortable and less anxious. I was then given an IV in my hand through which certain medications, pain medications and a saline solution (typical of any surgery) were given. It was finally time for me to be transferred to a bed and wheeled into the operating room. I said goodbye to my mom and off I went.
I was wheeled into the operating room and it was not at all as I expected. Based on the shows I had seen on TLC about surgery, I expected a very large room with lots of nurses and anesthesiologists , but it was a small room with a single nurse and anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist then told me about what happen next. This was the part I was most scared of. I feared that general anesthesia would cause me to be paralyzed, yet I would still be able to feel everything. Those fears were quickly forgotten when she told me she was injecting a chemical to calm my nerves, which would then my followed by a two-part cocktail. The chemical made me feel numb and kind of good. Then she proceeded to inject the first part of the cocktail into my IV while asking me if I could be anywhere in the world, where would I want to be, to which I replied Dubai and that's the last thing I remember.
When I woke up, I felt like I was very drunk and had to pee really bad. I kept telling the nurse in the room that I needed to pee! She held my arm and took me to pee. I got changed, sat back down in the chair I started in and the nurse started telling me and my mom the post-op aftercare instructions. At that moment, I didn't feel anything.
When I got home that night and the anesthesia had finally worn off, I started feeling pressure and pain around my chest. On a scale of 10, my pain was a 5.I took some pain medications and it began to subside. That night I made the mistake of sleeping on my bed, which caused more pain and swelling. After that first night, I slept on my couch, which helped alot.
After 2 months of healing, I noticed that my left breast with the smaller implant wasn't being stretched enough to lift it, causing it to hang down and give my breasts the same uneven appearance I originally had. I went back to the doctor and had a pocket revision surgery and implant exchange 4 months after my original surgery. While it wasn't fun having another implant operation, I knew this was a possible complication. Fortunately, I had a relatively quick recovery and I'm very pleased with my overall result.
After my second surgery, my breast volume is now 525cc in my left breast and 625cc in my right breast (still with ideal implants under the muscle going through the original inframammary incision). My breasts now sit higher and are symmetrical. I am a full D cup, although I don't know the exact size of my breasts because you are not supposed to wear a real bra or go bra shopping for 3-6 months after surgery, because it can cause the implants to 'drop and fluff' which can increase your breasts by a cup size after the muscle relaxes. After 10 days, I was back at the gym (only cardio for the first 6 weeks, not heavy lifting).
Overall, I am very happy with my new implants. I am very happy with my decision to have plastic surgery and it has improved my self-confidence. I am also happy with the implant size, incision choice shape of my breasts. My pain was very tolerable with pain medication and I had very little bruising, swelling or any other issues. If breast enhancement surgery is something you're thinking about doing, my biggest tip is to go bigger and really figure out what size implant is good for your body structure. Luckily (or unluckily) I did need a revision, which allowed me to increase the size of my implants, which fit my pear shape well. I went into my initial consult thinking 450 was huge from seeing it on friends (who are much smaller than me) and not wanting anymore than that. Seeing myself now at a total implant size of 625cc, I love them and don't see them as too big or uneven for my body at all. I highly recommend getting a breast implant if you're not satisfied with the look of your natural breasts.
I made a video of my experience and posted it below. Good luck to anyone considering the same procedure!