Post # 1
So I’m contemplating getting implants.
My hubby likes my boobies but I’ve just always wanted larger ones. And I’m seriously considering getting them done.
My main dillema is I want to have children in a few years, and I’ve heard bad things about what that does to implants. Does anyone have experience in this area or have any advice?
And any advice about implants at all unrelated to giving birth would also be appreciated!
Post # 3
I posted this on Friday April 2nd on another thread:
“I just had breast augmentation Friday afternoon (cohesive gel silicone). I was actually surprised that I was up and about most of the time (with a little help from the fiance). It’s now Sunday and I’ve only had to take 3 pain pills all weekend. Getting out of bed is uncomfortable because the push/pull use of the arms is inhibited, but there is no shooting pain or anything. A helpful hand from FI behind the shoulders is enough to help me scoot out of bed. I can use the restroom on my own and brush my own teeth/wash my face, albeit slowly.
I have always been a 32/34 A and I chose to go up one size to a medium B-cup. I am 115 lbs. and 5’4” with athletic legs, but a small waist and narrow shoulders. I’ll admit I freaked out a bit once I was on the bed with an IV started (I was thinking…what the hell am I doing?”). After being small my whole life, I was seriously concerned with being too big for my own liking. I really wanted a small boost to compliment what I already have. Once I got home and saw the bandages (they put on what looks like a large ace bandage), I realized that they weren’t too big for my frame at all and this was in their swollen state. I was able to see them yesterday without the bandages when I returned to the doctor’s office for a post-op check up.
As for the people stating you have to get them redone every 10 years, that is not a true statement. Perhaps for some women who experience complications, but not true for the overall masses of women who undergo the surgery each year. My mother had her implants (C-cup original silicone) in the 70’s and didn’t have them redone until 1999. And she has no plans to have those replaced anytime soon. There is no need. She regularly gets mammograms and has no issues. As for those who say it interferes with the mammogram…most doctors place them under the muscle these days and that helps a lot. My sister also had her implants (C-cup saline) almost 10 years ago and has no plans on having them replaced anytime soon. Even my doctor said I could probably go 15-20 years before considering it.”
I can’t answer you about the children, because I just got the implants a week ago tomorrow and I haven’t had children. However, my mother had implants before I was born, and even as a child I still remember them looking perfect. Also, my sister has had implants for almost 10 years. Both my mother and my sister breastfed with implants. I too asked my doctor about implants and children because we plan to start a family in about 4 years. (Just an FYI, I went to a great doctor in Chicago who is known for the best breast augmentations!) He told me if I was looking to have children in a year, just to wait until after, but if it was 3 years or more to have the implants now. I hope this helps. Feel free to message me with any questions since I am literally going through recovery as we blog!
4 days ago
Post # 4
By the way…forgot to mention that my sister’s implants still look awesome and non-saggy after breastfeeding too!
Post # 5
My SIL has implants. She was able to breastfeed AND her chest is still extra perky after baby #2. She didn’t go really big on them (i think she’s a B or C cup now….) but they are proportional to her size and nobody would know they’re implants. They look good!
Post # 6
Oh wow thank you that was actually very helpful and informative!
I’m so very tempted to get them! But I’ve heard all of the horror stories and it sorta scares the crap out of me lol. Plus the whole thing about feeling “fake” but it seems like everyone who gets them loves them! I’m a small B now wanting a nice med-full C.
I’d love to keep updated on your progress Vanessa!! Thanks for the help!
And thanks for the info ejs, thats so reassuring since it was my biggest worry!
Post # 7
I am now 10 days post-surgery. I can drive, but it’s still a little stiff (my implants were placed under the muscle). To be honest, the most uncomfortable thing right now is having to wear a tight sports bra 24 hours a day (except for when showering). Also, sleeping is a little uncomfortable too. After surgery, they recommend you prop yourself up on pillows and stay on your back. After about 4 days you can sleep on your side if you want, but I found this difficult. I am able to now, with the aid of a pillow I place in front of my chest. I know it sounds weird, but after having an A-cup all my life, it’s going to take some getting used to that there are these things on my chest (and I only went to a B cup). They kind of get in the way when sleeping. I’ve yet to my master my arm placement, hence the extra pillow I use more like an arm rest.
Other than that, I am not in any pain. I think I took maybe 4 of the 30 pain pills prescribed to me. Now I don’t need a thing. I have begun massaging 3 times a day as told by the doctor. This helps soften the implant and create a bigger pocket around it, which leads to more natural looking implants. I agree with you that implants never look 100% real, but some are pretty close. I am massaging the heck out of mine! I’ll admit they are a little hard right now, but that’s because it takes about 6 weeks for the swelling to fully go down. Most people I’ve talked to say it’s around the 1.5-2 month mark for that. That’s all I’ve got for now!
Oh, one more thing…I was so worried about being too big. I really, really only wanted a one-cup advantage! I have to say, all of my clothing still fits, even button downs (without gapping). The sports bra kind of smooshes them down a bit, so when I wear a t-shirt I really don’t look too different than before. I know once I can wear underwire again there will be a difference though (and in strapless dresses, bikinis, etc.), but for now I am very pleased with the size outcome.
Post # 8
Thanks for the update Vanessa! I was logging back in to ask you how they felt! lol
That’s the last of the worries standing in my way now
(besides the terrifying fear of the surgery, the massive amount of $$$ and that one of my disapproving friends keeps telling me all these scary stories about leakage and such and asking me if my boobs are worth dying for!)
is how they feel! I’ve never felt fake ones before and dont think I’d like it if they were very hard..so please keep me updated!
Post # 9
If you don’t mind my asking, about how much was it for the procedure? I as well am a 34 A and would love to have some cleavage in the full B zone, since I am 5’8″ and 130 lbs. I know it is probably out of my price point, but I live in Washington D.C. where things are probably equally expensive as Chicago.
Post # 10
Wow @Vaness, it sounds like you had a really good experience. That is def what I am hoping for!!!! (lol as I am sure everyone is)
I am getting mine done of May 20 and I am sooooo nervous its crazy. It will be my first surgery of any kind and I am a little worried. I was and still kind of am very very worried about getting them too big but I remember trying the sizes on and the size I picked was what I was really happy with. I will probably request to try the implants on again before the surgery to reassure myself. I decided to go with a 300cc which the dr said would give me about a D cup. I am currently a 34A but I have big hips so I want to be evened out. I am 5’7 about 145 (bc i just lost 5 lbs…yay go me!! hehe)
Also @silverbrooke – I went to consults all over the place bc I was traveling for work and I can give you a little info about price ranges. Its going to be about a grand cheaper to get saline rather than silicone but I felt silicone was the best for me so the quote is for silicone.
Seattle -$6500, St Louis -$6800, Oklahoma City (where I am getting them done) -$4600
Post # 11
@becca.boo137– I will definitely keep you updated! I don’t really have too much more since it’s only been a few days, but about the hardness…silicone is supposed to be more like breast tissue than saline. With saline implants they have to overfill them to prevent rippling visible on the side of the breast. This makes saline implants pretty hard to the touch versus the silicone. Also, the new silicone implant has been in use in European countries for a long time with no health issues. It’s also composed of a cohesive gel so it’s doesn’t leak if punctured.
@silverbrooke–I went to a doctor in Chicago who is know for his breast augmentations. I didn’t look elsewhere so I don’t know how he compares to others, but the quote for saline was $6000 and for silicone it was $7600. A lot to swallow, I know! When my sister got her salines done in FL years ago she paid $3000. I chose to get the silicone.
@shannon1126–I read the thread you started on breast augmentation and commented there the day after my surgery! Congrats on your choice and you’ll have to tell us about your experience as well. Don’t be worried. I am 29 now, but I had a tonsilectomy when I was 23 and that was much more painful than this! For both, I was put under general anesthesia (but I was also intubated for the tonsilectomy). And for both I was given hydrocodone . I used it A LOT with the tonsilectomy and only 4 times with the breast aug. I was able to walk to the car after surgery, then we stopped at Whole Foods (I stayed in the car with an ice pack on my chest) for chicken noodle soup. It’s good to eat something like that if you plan to eat after surgery. The anesthesia can make you nauseated, so stick with something like the chicken soup, saltines, sprite, or ginger ale. The next morning, we went back to the doctor for my checkup and on the way home we stopped to eat in a restaurant. I was just a little stiff and couldn’t open doors and use my arms for push/pull movements. I don’t know if this really did anything at all, but I used the ice pack a few times a day for the first few days after surgery. At the very least, it felt good but I was hoping to help with the swelling as well.
Post # 12
I got them done 10 years ago and have a 16 mnth old baby now, breastfeeding is super safe with the implants too but I decided not to do it because I wasnt comfortable with it. I heard that you have to change them every 10 years because its a foreign object in your body and doesnt last a lifetime so me and the FI are planning to go back to the surgeon to get new ones after wedding. I would like to get mine a little bigger too because when I look back at my pics when I first got them done, they were so full and big and now they have shrunk a little bit over time. The thing I love about my implants is that my boobs still stayed the same after pregnancy and birth, some women’s boobs sag and look funny afterwards