It’s still so unbelievable that just three weeks ago, my breast augmentation surgery journey began with a complimentary consultation. And now, after endless anticipation my breast augmentation surgery date finally arrived and I’m now on the other side!
Last Tuesday, I set my alarm to wake up earlier than usual. The day I’d been impatiently waiting for had finally arrived…breast augmentation surgery! I didn’t wake early because of nerves, I wanted to take the chance to get something on my stomach before my surgery. My surgery wasn’t scheduled until 12:45, which ordinarily would have meant I needed to stop eating at 4:45. But who gets up at 4:45am unless they have to? I suffer from low blood sugar spells with headaches, nausea, and moodiness if I don’t eat regularly; so, I made a point to contact the nurse anesthetist to find out if I would be able to eat a little later. She cleared me for a light breakfast as long as I was done eating by 7am (my usual waking time).
Thinking back, if given the choice I would not schedule a surgery for so late in the day again. I could avoid the dietary complications and had less time to worry about offending Dr. Cameron Craven because of my inability to wear deodorant in triple digit heat.
We arrived at Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery 45 minutes prior to the scheduled procedure time and things got moving right away. My husband and I were brought back into a room where I quickly changed into a gown. After that I was brought into a private photo room, where before and after breast augmentation photos are taken. After I returned to the room, I completed some more paperwork, paid the balance due, and took a pregnancy test. Before having my IV started, Dr. Craven reconfirmed the size of the implant and drew purple lines on my body that would aid him in my surgery.
Prior to this, I’ve never had surgery before or been under anesthesia. I was fortunate to not have wisdom teeth or need c-sections. So, it’s amazing how less stressed and anxious I was about having the surgery versus getting anesthesia. And even then, I never panicked. I think a lot of this had to do with seeing familiar faces and being in the office I’ve visited multiple times over the last few weeks. Having an onsite surgical suite is so much more luxurious and less intimidating or impersonal than an operating room at a hospital.
My memory of the surgical experience and going under is pretty limited. I remember walking into the surgical suite, laying down on the table, and chatting with the nurses about blogging. The next thing I remember, I was waking up in the recovery suite and feeling pressure on my chest. I was wheeled out to the truck and I felt sore and disoriented as we drove home.
Aside from arriving home to cards my girls made with help from my mom, I don’t remember too much else for the rest of that day. I set the timer on my phone so I remembered to take my medications on schedule and slept. A lot.
A week has passed so the surgery is still fresh in my head, but I still feel really good about the entire experience. I’m confident the best plastic surgeon in Austin expertly performed my breast augmentation. And even with the minimal discomfort I experienced, the surgery was definitely a success. Each day since has been better than the one before.
To learn more about my journey, check out these posts on my breast augmentation consultation appointment and breast augmentation pre-op appointment, the video on my reasons for breast augmentation surgery, and my 2 Week Plastic Surgery Update with Before & After Pictures.