Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s now been two weeks since I had my breast augmentation surgery! I think recovering from my first surgery is a bit like childbirth – the more time passes, the less you remember about the pain and discomfort and just enjoy the outcome. For some reason even with the experience still fresh, I’m forgetting a lot quicker this time around.
But I don’t just want to share my thoughts on the post op experience. When I was researching the procedure, before and after breast augmentation pictures is what I wanted to see. Plastic surgeon’s are proud to show their before and after pictures, but I want to show how things look like in the early stages and how much better my clothes fit.
Last week when I shared my breast augmentation story, I hadn’t yet gone to my one week follow up appointment at Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. While at the appointment, Dr. Craven examined my incisions which were healing nicely with only a few traces of a scab left. He gave a demonstration on how I was to perform my new breast implant massage routine. Something that I’ll be doing a minimum of three times a day for six months. And we discussed my compression strap.
For the week following surgery, I had to sport a not-so attractive compression strap at all times, except while showering. I know the strap was serving a purpose in pushing the implants down and speeding along things, but as the name suggests this device is not meant for comfort. And compression and swelling don’t often play well together, resulting in some discomfort. Fortunately, at my one week appointment Dr. Craven threw my strap away!
Today has been two weeks since my breast augmentation and while I wasn’t supposed to have been seen until my two month follow up, I had to return to the office again. I’m choosing to blame it on the medications I was on at my one week follow up, but somehow I convinced myself I didn’t completely grasp the breast implant massage techniques that were demonstrated for me. Even my husband that accompanied me to the appointment wasn’t exactly sure I was doing things correctly. I’m extremely paranoid about messing up Dr. Craven’s perfect breast augmentation, I called the office for advice.
The massage technique varies from patient to patient, so instead of giving me tips over the phone, they suggested I schedule an appointment for a refresher. Although I was incredibly embarrassed (and more than just a little red in the face), I’m so glad I went back into the office to ensure I was doing my breast implant massage properly. Since massage is such an important part of breast augmentation post operative care, it’s crucial to know how to massage your breasts and actually do it. Even if you’re shy like I am, do not be afraid to call your plastic surgeon and ask questions. The success of your surgery is important to them and they want things to be perfect.
For six weeks post-op I have to wear front closure, wireless sports bra. Not something that I’d ever want to wear long term and something I would have agonized about wearing pre-op. But now that I have breasts, I can wear this unattractive bra without shame because I no longer have to wear rely on under wire and padding to make me feel feminine and proportioned.
If you missed the previous posts, you can walk through the entire process with me from the cosmetic surgery consultation appointment to my reasons for getting breast augmentation surgery (video) to the pre-op appointment and the actual breast augmentation surgery.
What do you think of the results? Do you have any questions about breast augmentation surgery?