me for being so straightforward, but I figured let’s clear the air and get a
bit personal… if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I am a
girl that’s pretty upfront, so I wanted to be sure to touch on this
topic to offer up my personal experience in terms of this type of surgery, why
I decided to have breast augmentation and to help anyone else out there who may
be on the fence about this procedure and wanting some extra information from
someone who’s gone through it.
20s. I have a fairly petite frame [5’4″/120
pounds] and have always been
smaller on top, which I actually liked. I did a ton of “internet
research” when I was 22/23, looking into the procedure and ultimately decided
at that time in my life I wasn’t ready for elective surgery. Fast forward to
post-delivery of two babies, and my “ladies” decided to head south
for lack of a better term. It’s one thing to have small, perky breasts, but
it’s another when they turn into flat pancakes and that’s when I knew I was
ready to make a permanent change. You can modify/change your body when it comes to
nutrition and working out, but nothing other than a padded bra was going to
change the overall look of my breasts.
research on local plastic surgeons in Nashville. I talked to friends who had
gone through the procedure, who they used, searched reputable websites [Real
Self is my favorite], and made consultation appointments with five
asked additional questions, went through my notes, and then ultimately selected
to use Dr. J. J.
Wendel to perform my surgery.
amazing staff, he understood the end result of what I was wanting to achieve,
he helped put me at ease, and it just felt right. For anyone looking locally, I
cannot say enough great things about Dr. Wendel… I would absolutely recommend
him and I love that he posts before/after snapshots on his website so you can
see his previous work, types/shapes of implants, etc. His staff is always available
to answer questions, which they did for me many times before and after my
exciting part for me was getting to try on the different implants, touch and
feel the differences in options, etc. You know I had a ton of questions and my
doctor was ready and willing to answer them in detail so I knew
the ins and outs of what was going to happen during surgery AND after.
sizing system to select breast implants that will specifically fit my body. He
asked me my height and weight; then, took a series of measurements of my chest,
rib cage and body frame, including the size, shape and position of my before
breasts. He used all of this to make sure the selected breasts implants would
fit my body. I had gone into this thinking I wanted to be in the 300-325cc
range and once Dr. Wendel worked the algorithm, 325cc was the magic
Responsive Full Projection) Silicone Implants because they provided the best look for my body
type, and are considered to be the most full/round of the options available. To
put it simply, they are called “gummy” implants because they feel
like gummy bears and maintain their shape. I also chose to have the incisions
go under the breast (known as sub-muscular) and behind the muscle for anyone
interested in those details.
surgery… I had never had any type of surgery before so I was anxious to say
the least. I had to be at the hospital at 6AM to check-in so Jeff and I arrived
and then Mimi came, too. Basically, they started the paperwork, forms, and then
got the process started and then the team of nurses, anesthesiologists, and Dr.
Wendel came in to do their pre-surgery run-throughs and then surgery started promptly at
7:30AM. The last thing I remember was going into the surgery room, the doc
asking me what kind of music I wanted, and boom–lights out.
waking up feeling pretty lethargic, but loopy and happy. The nurses told me I
was the most talkative patient [shocking I know] and that everything went
perfectly. My doc then came to check on me before letting me rest for a few
hours and then we were on our way home.
I don’t remember a lot from that first day, thank you prescription medication,
other than the fact that I was sore and my chest obviously felt a lot of
pressure. That night, I might have sneaked a peak because I was just dying to
see! When I describe what the discomfort felt like post-surgery, it reminds me
of the day after a really hard workout… just sore and tired and ready to
crawl back into bed.
pain medicine every 4-6 hours, but after that, I was up and on the move and
back to all things “normal”. I’d have to say the hardest part for me
was not picking up the girls, but they loved playing nurse with me and checking
all my vital stats with their Doc McStuffins Kit.
“belt” across my chest that helped push the girls down into the
breast pocket for a few weeks after the procedure.
post-surgery checkup and everything healed pretty quickly… all in all, I felt
like the recovery period was a lot easier than I expected and I would do it
again no questions asked.
winter so I thought I would answer. Based on my family, work, and personal
schedule and obligations, December was the best time to do it. I had just completed my busy
retail season with no more Sugar Bit holiday shopping events, we had already
gone to Disney in the early fall, and I knew having the procedure done in
winter would assure me some downtime for my implants to “settle”
before spring and summer. In the end, it just worked out that way and I am glad
I did it when I did. It didn’t hinder my ability to be able to participate in
our family holiday events and life went on as normal!
was always having the hardest time finding swimsuits, tops and dresses that worked
well for my body shape and I am thankful now that I can wear these items
without annoying strapless bras or worrying about my boobs looking flat. I know
elective surgery isn’t for everyone, but it is something I did for ME and ME
ONLY and I am so happy with my decision. I know I am still “settling” and things will continue to change, but I am just so pleased and happy I went through with my surgery.
already know the background… to put it nicely, Jeff wasn’t really an advocate
of me having surgery. But he also knew my mind was made up about this decision
long before we ever started dating and this was something I wasn’t doing for
him, but for me. Now, he would tell you he’s happy because I’m happy and that
he can tell I feel so much better about myself and that is all that
Eight. How Do Your Clothes Fit Now?
Ummm… SO much better!!!! I did need to go up a size in bras and my swim tops, but for the most part, my blouses, sweaters, shirts, and dresses fit but I have a bit more curve now…. yippee!!
Here is a before and after picture of me in a swimsuit for a side-by-side comparison.
augmentation [or any other elective surgery for that matter] would be to do
your research… the internet can be completely scary, so opt for helpful
websites like Real Self where
you can ask doctors questions, find doctors in your area, read reviews from
others, etc. Just be diligent in your research and don’t make a hasty
feel free to email me at email@example.com.