28-year-old mother of two in San Diego, California
Post-Op – Day 14
1st Day Back At The Gym
Yesterday I decided to see how well I would do back at the gym. I didn’t want to overdue it since I was only 11 days post-op. My friend and I drove together, she was totally cool with leaving if I wasn’t feeling up to it. To my GREAT surprise I did a half hour on the elliptical (no arms and going at a much slower pace than usual) and another half hour of walking on the treadmill. By the end I was sore but felt ok. I took today off just in case, plus I am a member of the PTA and Tuesdays I help out at the school anyway. I am excited to get my butt exercising again and will be there first thing tomorrow morning. Now all I have to do is wait until the doctor says I am ok with lifting weights and I will be more than thrilled. 🙂 I KNOW I must have gained weight over these past couple of weeks with no working out and having my mother-in-law in town, we ate so nasty but it was soo good. haha
It’s crazy to say a lot has happened over that last two weeks but it’s true. The first week I was freaking out a little because my right breast felt as if it wasn’t dropping compared to my left breast. Now I can say that they both feel “almost” natural and have dropped a significant amount in only 2 weeks. The Dr. told me that they would fully drop after 3-6 mths and here I am happy with how they look now (in clothes, that is). Obviously, looking at them without any clothes on you can still see they are high and need to drop plus I have the bandages covering the stitches of my areola reduction. I have an appointment with Dr. Pousti on the 15th and hopefully I will be able to see my new areola’s. I kind of like the fact that I still have a surprise waiting. I can’t wait till I can take pictures and really see the difference without the bandages on.
3 weeks out
Monday I had an appointment with Dr. Pousti and was praying that he would take the bandages off my areolas. So I am waiting in the room and one of his assistants asked if I would like to share, Dr. Pousti comes in and asked me the same thing. He said, just a couple of women. Um, 6 women came in later..OMG! Don’t get me wrong, I love to share with other women about my experience (hence why I am on here). I started thinking about that and MAN I should ask for commission. haha Afterwards I FINALLY had my bandages removed and my first look at my new areola’s. Compared to my before pictures, I can’t believe how much better they look and only being a couple of weeks out from surgery they didn’t look too grotesque. I didn’t realize but once they took the bandages off and the air hit my skin I was so sensitive and was in some pain for the rest of the day. I knew that my nerve endings were growing back before but once they took the bandages off..GOODNESS! That night I took 2 percocet which helped. One of the ladies that came in earlier to ask questions wanted to come back to see my areolas after the bandages were removed. She said that they were healing beautifully and she would know because she was a nurse. To my untrained eye they did look good but to hear it from someone who knows what they are talking about felt really good. I learned new exercises to do to help them drop more and am really excited to see how much they will change.
As far as my healing has been going, it’s been good and every day I try to push myself a little bit more. I am thoroughly excited to say I am now sleeping on my side and am having much better nights since then. I still get sore when I use my chest muscles or when I work out (still not doing upper body). I have moments where when I stretch or use my chest muscle in a certain way, it’s like I feel the implant rubbing up against something…like a gritty sensation. Not sure what that is but at my next appointment I am going to ask. I honestly don’t think anything bad is happening but it can’t hurt to ask. Also, my areolas have been really sensitive but that is expected and also is getting better. All in all, I am feeling much better and am buying cute tops and getting ready for another night out with my husband 😀
4 weeks later..
Wow, I can’t believe it has been 4 weeks since my surgery. I am totally comfortable with the girls now although it seems now that I must first look in the mirror before walking out of the house. Some of the tops I owned before now look..hmm…well, now look like my boobs are popping out. I also went shopping today for a bra, I kind of just winged it and went to the Exchange (military department store) and bought a bra. Don’t quote me on this but OMG! I think I might be a DD. I had to laugh at myself because I would NEVER have problems finding a 34B before and there I was rummaging through the bra’s like a mad woman looking for a DD. OH and on top of that, something WITHOUT an under wire. Never realized how many bra’s are built with under wires now, guess I never really had to think about it till now..duh! Anyway, I finally gave up and found a 34D. I just need something to wear with my clothes while I am out and thought, eh what the heck. SO, I wore it for a couple of hours and when I got home the bra had made indention’s in my breasts above the nipple area…ugh I give up. As soon as the Dr. says I am out of the surgical bra I am working my way over to Victoria’s Secret or Nordstrom..SOME PLACE that will measure me and fit me in the right bra. Crossing my fingers it won’t be some specialty bra that costs more than my husband’s pay… haha
It’s crazy how the time has flown. I am completely back to normal with all my activities. I just started last week weight training again, sucks that I have to basically start all over but I am glad I am able to finally do it. I was getting tired of nothing but cardio and lower body workouts. My breasts are still dropping my left more than my right. Hopefully the right will catch up in a couple of months. The incisions are looking better everyday, they still are tender and I am still numb around the area. I have feeling on my nipple though which is good, it has dulled since right after the surgery but I suspect that is normal. I go and see Dr. Pousti on the 27th and hopefully this appointment will be like the last.
I am very happy with how everything turned out and now am excited to be looking for a dress for the Marine Corp Ball this year. I must say though after working out and dropping a dress size, I have found out because of the boobies I have to go back to my original size and have it altered in some dresses. Its kind of upsetting but when the dress fits everywhere else except around the chest…I will get over it 😀
Pregnancy after a BA
I just recently found out that I am pregnant. When I say recent I mean I am only a few weeks..haven’t even gone to the doctor. I thought it would be interesting for other woman to read about my story. So I decided I would start blogging about it. I know I am really interested how the pregnancy is going to affect my brand new boobies. I am especially interested in seeing if I can breastfeed since I had an areola reduction, I had an incision completely around my areola. I go to see the Dr. Pousti tomorrow and will definately ask him how this surgery will affect me breastfeeding. I do not regret getting the surgery before I got preggers, this pregnancy was very unexpected and no matter what happens to my breasts at least they wont look like what they did before..haha
Update..28 wks pregnant (10mths post-op)
I have been meaning to do this for about a month now but we are in the process of moving to Japan so needless to say, its been put on the back burner. As for the girls they are doing well and up to about 2 mths ago I hadn’t changed a bit but since then I have grown from a DD to a full F. It’s amazing how much they have grown which is much more than with my other two. I only grew a cup and a half and now not even including when the baby is born and my milk comes in they have grown 2 cups..LORDIE! The hardest part and the most excruciating is finding a bra AND one that I don’t have to spend a lot of money on. Other than that, I have had a couple of instances where I actually have lactated from my left breast. Which for me is huge because even though my doctor said he was 95% sure I would be able to breastfeed, I was still very hesitant mainly because of my areolar reduction. I guess I will find out in roughly 12 weeks so we will see. As soon as I can I will post pictures 🙂