Wednesdays for Women – Mommy Gets a Boob Job!
Remember growing up? I do! I remember wanting to be tall and beautiful with a decent sized set of boobs! As a teen, I welcomed puberty and was excited for the boobs that would come in for me, just like they did for the popular girls and the cheerleaders. They came in all right, but they weren’t what I thought they would be! You know the sayings – Itty Bitty Titty Committee and Flat as a Board? Well, those would describe me!
Heck, I remember trying on wedding dresses for my first marriage and going into a bridal shop where the sales person shouted across the room to me, asking me what size bra I wore. I was horrified! There were women and men in the store and I didn’t want them all knowing that I wore a size 32A bra!!! Needless to say, even the seamstress told me that my boobs were too small for the dress and I would have to wear a padded bra. I can’t tell you how close I was to tears when she told me that.
Then came my pregnancies. You know how you hear about women’s boobs getting bigger when they get pregnant? What the hell? That so DID NOT happen to me!!! I was feeling jipped! First no normal-sized boobs during puberty and then no bigger-sized boobs during pregnancy? Ok, so they did get somewhat bigger while breastfeeding, but when they did, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. It hurt like hell because it usually meant that I was engorged and they went away when I stopped nursing!
It wasn’t until after my divorce that I finally bit the bullet and decided to see a plastic surgeon about getting a boob job (aka breast augmentation if you’re looking for the correct medical terminology for the procedure). Let me tell you – I was STOKED to be finally doing it! When I went to the initial visit, I had no doubts that I wanted to have breast augmentation done and the doctor I had was AMAZING!!
THE FIRST VISIT & HOW THE IMPLANT PROCESS WORKS
So what happened on the first visit? The visit started off with the nurse leading me into a big, homey-feeling room. She handed me a hospital gown and told me to take off my shirt and bra so the doctor could take some measurements. Ok, I was feeling a little self-conscious here, but knew the doctor would give me what I wanted.
The doctor walked into the room and immediately I felt comfortable and knew he was there to give me what I wanted – bigger breasts that were natural looking. He asked me what my goals for the procedure were. I told him I wanted bigger boobs, but I did NOT want to look like a pole dancer or like Pamela Anderson (just an example – no offense to her)! He completely understood what I was going for.
He talked about what Augmentation Mammoplasty (aka boob job or breast augmentation) is. It is a surgical procedure that will increase a woman’s breast volume and improve the aesthetic appearance of her breasts. He also talked about doing a proportional augmentation, which is where the doctor chooses implants after achieving measurements that indicate the required implant diameter and anterior projection. With this method, the implant used would increase lateral breast width and projection – providing a natural appearance. By using saline-filled implants filled to an appropriate volume, a natural and inconspicuous result is obtained.
He talked to me about how the implants would be put in. For a woman like me with very little breast tissue or thin soft tissue coverage, placing the implant beneath the muscle layer was ideal. During the surgery, he would make a small incision just above the fold beneath the breast (inframammary fold, IMF) or around the areola (periareolar). The scars would fade over time and would be inconspicuous. I went with the first option. Once the implants are placed, they would be filled with sterile IV saline solution using a closed filling mechanism. This is the safest way to fill an implant as it prevents any contamination of the fluid.
Once we discussed the procedure and how I was feeling about it, the doctor took “Before” pictures and then would take “After” pictures later on. I was so excited to get started and couldn’t wait to see what my new boobs would look like!
PREPARING FOR THE SURGERY
In preparation for the surgery, I was told that I would have to rest for about 5 days after the surgery. This included no heavy lifting or raising my arms over my head. I could not even lift my boys. The doctor also said not to have sex or engage in any other physical activity, including working out, for approximately 4-6 weeks after the surgery. I was told to bring with me to the surgery a button-down shirt and a sports bra that fastened in the front and was about one cup size bigger than what I normally wore. I had to have someone with me who could drive me home and help to care for me while I was recovering at home. Oh and it was VERY important to have gel ice packs on hand! The bags of frozen peas work, but the frozen gel packs are SO MUCH better!
On the day of my surgery, I was both nervous and excited. I had my button down shirt and larger sports bra that clipped in the front (per doctor’s orders). I had a friend drive me in and then drive me home afterwards. We got there very early in the morning and as soon as we got there, I was directed to the operating room and given a gown to put on. I got undressed and into the gown and laid on the gurney they directed me to lay on. I laid on my back and was looking at the ceiling when a nurse came over and told me to start counting. I don’t remember the number, but I remember them putting a mask over my face and then I drifted off to sleep.
When I woke up, everything around me was distorted. I remember asking the nurse if it was done and if I was ok. Everything was done and she said they turned out beautifully. I don’t even remember checking to see if my boobs were there! I was dressed and ready to go – with a prescription for pain meds and gel ice packs in hand. It would be 5 days before I was ready to start my normal routine and about 4-6 weeks before I would be completely healed.
LET’S TALK ABOUT FINANCES
So, how much does it cost to have Breast Augmentation done? I researched and the price ranged anywhere from $6,00 to $15,000 – depending on what you got done and whether you used saline or silicone. I opted for the saline solution and mine ran about $7,000. Granted you do pay for them in installments, which helps you budget a little better. I also applied for Care Credit, which helped to cover the remaining amount I owed after making the initial installments.
AFTER THE SURGERY
Getting breast implants was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself. I feel confident, beautiful and natural looking! Now I can even wear shirts and dresses without straps and I have boobs to hold it up! I’ve even had many other mom (and non-mom) friends ask me where I went and what it was like. A few of those have gone in for lifts and implants themselves.
Are you thinking about getting implants? What questions do you have?
I received no compensation for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.