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My Breast Enlargement Story – A Boob Job Done Right

Breast implants were something I had considered for many years as I had always been unhappy with the size of my breasts. Any kind of surgery is a big step and the more that you try and research something like this the more scary things you hear to put you off! At the end of the day you always need to make the choices in life that are going to make you happy, not spend your life regretting that you didn’t do something or didn’t try something you always wanted. Most importantly though, I finally found a brilliant surgeon through a friend that I was confident to use.

Before surgery I was a 32AA and the problem was that I looked totally flat when clothed, even just a vest top. Finding bras was almost impossible, and wearing a push up bra with lots of padding was the only option, but these were very uncomfortable to wear as there’s nothing much there to push up! I wanted to be a B or C cup, nothing too big as I’m a size 8 and 5ft 2, so fairly small anyway.

Looking at endless images on the internet of other peoples boob jobs is misleading, everyone is a different shape and size, there are different types of implants, plus always remember that these photos will usually have been taken very soon after surgery, and the implants can take several months to settle down into a natural position and look realistic.

Confident, I took the plunge and went to see my surgeon; the initial consultation cost was £100. We had a very long talk about all the pros and cons of breast augmentation, everything that could go wrong both during the operation and afterwards. Also I learned that the implants don’t last forever and have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and the replacement implant operation is slightly more expensive, so you need to have the funds in place to cover this. We talked about what size I would like to be and what I wanted to achieve – that I wanted my breasts to look natural, to look good when I am clothed, to have a nice cleavage and stay in proportion. My surgeon took a look at my breasts and measured me and said he was confident that I could achieve what I wanted. After the consultation, I was given lots of literature to read in my own time.

The next step was to nail down what size implants to have. To do this I bought a couple of bras in sizes I thought would work and padded them out with stockings filled with rice. I made several of these until I was happy with the size, weight and what bra-size to wear. I went back to see the surgeon again and we agreed on the implant size and profile – 220cc high profile, which would make me a 32B, give me some cleavage and still look natural.

He also decided at this point to place them over the muscle as they weren’t going to be very large implants and so this would give me a better shape. There are many pros and cons involved in going over or under the muscle such as the pain after surgery and recovery time. It’s best to let your surgeon worry about this choice based on what your final result will be. Going under the muscle can take longer to heal as it involves cutting through the muscle.

As soon as the choice was made I was booked in for surgery very soon afterwards. The surgery cost £4,500 which included all my follow-up appointments and tests. As I’m over 40 the surgeon also recommended I take a mammogram. The surgery took a couple of hours and I stayed in hospital over night. After the surgery I was quite uncomfortable but not in any significant pain, I took a week off work to recover. 2 weeks later, I was fit enough to drive and be a bit more mobile. I had to sleep sitting up for the first 2 weeks. 1 month after the surgery, I was pretty comfortable and mostly back to normal. I had to wear a sports bra day and night for the first 6 weeks, then move on to normal bras, but definitely no under-wired bras for at least 2 months. The incisions that were made under my breasts will take a few months to fade, I’m using Bio Oil on them which has really helped them to heal and will make the scarring fade too.

I’m really happy with the results now, I’m a 32B and remain a size 8 dress size as before. They looked a bit strange at first but after the swelling had gone down, they took several weeks to settle into a natural position and shape but now they look amazing. They also feel nice and soft. I’m glad I decided not to go any bigger, which was always tempting, but I think they would have looked too big for my frame and therefore less natural. I’m so please I decided to get it done and they really do feel like they are the real me now, I’m the shape I always wanted to have been.

Before surgery

My boobs before surgery – 32AA

After

1 month after surgery – 32B

Important things to remeber:

  1. Find a good surgeon, ideally get a recommendation from someone who has had a successful operation. They need to be fairly local to you, as you will need to visit them for several appointments before and after the breast augmentation surgery.
  2. Decide what you want to achieve from the surgery, how you want your new boobs to look and what size you want to achieve. You need to be totally confident that your surgeon understands your goals, so that he can choose the right implants for you.
  3. Make sure you are fully aware of all the risks and complications involved both during and after surgery. You need to be aware of what symptoms to recognize if you have any problems in the future.
  4. Remember that the implants don’t last forever, you need to be prepared to go through the whole process again in the future.

Finally, don’t be put off by the way they look in the early days following the surgery – your new breasts take time to settle and will look a little odd and unnatural until they do so. Stick with it and you’ll have the great boobs you always dreamed of.

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