Silicone Breast Augmentation Review. Pictures and Videos of My Recovery Too.
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Breast augmentation - Silicone breast implants
I have wanted breast implants since I learned the surgery was possible. I was 1 out of 6 girls in my family and I felt I got the raw end of the deal when it came to my breast size. I was always ashamed to go to the pool or beach, and never felt very womanly. I did not have much self-confidence with the way my body looked. Having a breast augmentation was always in the back of my mind and I knew that some day I would get it done. I shared my desire to have breast augmentation surgery with my husband and he was 100% supportive. Even with my husband's blessing, it still took some time for me to actually get them done, as I had to save up money and think a bit more about having plastic surgery. After a long time thinking about whether or not I wanted to alter my natural breast tissue, I finally decided I was mentally prepared to have augmentation surgery. I think the scariest part about having surgery was the general anesthesia. I was scared of being put to sleep. I also wanted whether the implant size would be right for me when I woke up and If not, then what. All of these concerns were alleviated after my initial consultation with a plastic surgeon. I tried on different sizes of silicone implants at the consultation and finally settled on one that would work best for me. I also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of different incision locations, if I was going to have a large or small incision and any possible complications, like capsular contracture (scar formation around the implant capsule, which leaves your breasts very hard), risk of infection, scars, etc., that could potentially arise. After my consultation, I felt very confident with my doctor. He was a board certified plastic surgeon, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, so I knew he had the credentials and experience to make sure I had a great result. I felt very confident with him and knew I had picked a great doctor.
The surgery itself was not bad. I arrived at the surgery center early in the morning . I met with the nurses, anesthesiologist and plastic surgeon. Before I knew it, the surgery was over and I was awake and ready to go home.
Immediately after the surgery, I didn't feel too bad. I was numb from the local anesthetics and was a bit swollen in my chest, but overall, I was surprised that I felt as good as I did.
After the surgery, I had to wear compression garments, had swelling, soreness and pain, but pain medication took care of that. The second day, the swelling spread to my abdominals, so I had a bit of difficultly getting up out of bed, but my husband was a tremendous help. Once I was out of bed, I could get around. I had a bit more pain the second day, but was still pretty numb from the surgery in my chest area. The pain I had was controlled with the pain medications I was given.
By day 5, the swelling had diminished greatly and I no longer needed painkillers. My stomach was still a bit bloated from the swelling, but was getting much flatter by now. My bruising didn't look bad, but I had been using Arnica Gel, which I believe greatly help with the bruising. When I looked at my breasts, I originally thought they were too large. Fortunately, at my post-op appointment, I was told due to the swelling my breast volume appeared larger than it actually was. I was also told that for the first few weeks after breast implant surgery, your implants are much higher up and they would eventually drop and fluff, which results in my breast size shrinking a cup size, which I was happy about.
My recovery overall was not that bad. I had a relatively quick recovery, although it was certainly inconvenient not to be able to shower or move around completely normally for the first few weeks.
After a few weeks, I was completely back to normal. I was very happy with the natural look of my new breasts. I'm happy they look like real breasts and not implants. Since the surgery, my self-esteem has greatly improved. I no longer have those moments of embarrassment or feel like I need to cover myself up. I don't have to waste time and energy feeling embarrassed, but can now enjoy my surroundings and events without worrying about my breasts. I think getting my breast surgery was much more than just changing my breast size, but about the person it allowed me to be and the confidence I could have to move forward in my career and life in general. Many people fear plastic surgery, but I can honestly say this is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am very happy with my overall results. As long as you’re getting them done for yourself, it is 100% worth it.