What a catchy title, right?!?!?!
Hahaha… direct and to the point. Forgive 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.
Breast Augmentation 101: all the Info you Need to Know
1) Why Did You Decide to Get Breast Augmentation?
I have thought about getting a breast augmentation since my early 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 breast augmentation 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.
2) How Did You Choose Your Doctor to Get your Breast Augmentation?
Being the type-A person that I am, I did a substantial amount of 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 local doctors.
From those original consults, I then went back to each surgeon, asked additional questions, went through my notes, and then ultimately selected to use Dr. J. J. Wendel
to perform my breast augmentation surgery.
In simplest terms, I felt the most comfortable with him and his 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 breast augmentation surgery.
3) What Size and Type of Implants Did You Get?
OK, yes, when you go into the plastic surgeon’s office, the most 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 my breast augmentation surgery AND after.
Another thing that I loved is that Dr. Wendel
uses a customized 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 number!
I chose to go with Natrelle Inspira SRF (Smooth 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.
4) What Was the Procedure and Recovery Like for your Breast Augmentation?
I didn’t start getting nervous until the night before my 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.
Fast forward about an hour, and I was in recovery… I remember 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.
I took it easy and relaxed in bed for the next 2 days and took my 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.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy was having to wear this compression “belt” across my chest that helped push the girls down into the
breast pocket for a few weeks after the procedure. I then saw Dr. Wendel every few weeks after my initial 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.
5) Why Did You Decide to Have your Breast Augmentation Surgery in December?
I had a few people ask why I chose to have my surgery in the 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!
6) Are You Happy with your Breast Augmentation Results?
110% YES. To be honest, my only regret is not doing it sooner… I 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.
7) What Does Jeff Think About the New Ladies?
My real life friends will get a kick out of this because they 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 matters.
8) 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.
My best advice for anyone thinking about having breast 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