I am now 1 week post op and feeling great! I went in on July 4th with Dr Richardson at Brisbane Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in the Valley and cannot speak highly enough of every part of the process from my consultation through to the day of my op and still the ongoing support the nurses and Dr Richardson provide.
I had been doing a heap of research and seen three surgeons (Dr Dilip Gahankari, Dr Kim Harwood and Dr Phil Richardson) over the years but once I met with Dr Richardson in May, I knew I had found my surgeon. I was tossing between 360cc, 330cc and 300cc Nagor Impleo Moderate Profile placed under the muscle. I had gotten the vectra images done up for all three sizes and ended up choosing on the day of my surgery with Dr Richardson and we made the final decision of 330cc (basically to close the gap that I had, this would be the most appropriate size). My breast width diameter measured at 12cm and the 330cc was exactly 12cm so it was almost 'meant to be'.
I am a size 8 in clothes and wear an 8-10B in bras, although I hate wearing bras and prefer to wear the soft triangle t-shirt ones, or nothing at all so I knew that once getting this procedure done a lot would change in that area. I have always had troubles with my back as I was born without a part of my spine just above my tailbone. But I can happily say that this has not effected it what so ever (yet...fingers crossed). I weigh 56kgs and am 172cm tall. I have always wanted larger breasts but nothing too big as I always wanted something in proportion to my frame and wanted to fly under the radar I suppose you'd say rather than having huge boobs and it being so obvious. So like most girls I wanted that 'fake boob look without looking too fake'.
On the day of my surgery I got there around 11:30am and was in my gown etc by 12:00pm after filling out some paperwork. My partner drove me in and waited for me whilst the procedure took place, he was and has been the biggest support system for me throughout this entire process and I am so thankful to have him...he was more nervous than me on the actual day it was hilarious haha. So after filling out paperwork and paying for the hospital fee (you have to pay for the anesthetist, hospital and the surgeons fee all separately... a little annoying but it's easily sorted) and getting into my sexy gown, hairnet and socks, my doc came into the room I was waiting in and he drew on me and we decided on my size. I was sweating soo much as I was quite nervous by this point. I then laid down in the bed and had a warm blanket put on me (which was nice and calmed me down a fair bit) and Dr Mosses came in (the anesthetist), she was amazing, and gave me some information on what was going in my drip and if I was allergic to anything. I told her I was a big vomiter as I have the worst stomach for almost everything and that I get motion sickness and she said that she would be putting some extra stuff in my drip to help with the nausea once I woke up. Once I had the needle put in my arm (which I was more scared for than the actual augmentation...weird I know), they wheeled me into the theater room and there were 4 other women in there. A lady said that they were putting something in my drip now and I remember looking at her eyes and everything being blurry and from then on I was out. I vaguely remember at the end of the procedure having the tube being pulled out of my mouth and them asking me to 'open wide' and then a mask (I think) being put on me to help breathe. Then nothing until I was in the recovery room which I remember them asking me for feedback on how I felt and me saying 'just a lot of pressure' but I felt okay. Then asking for my partner and they said that I needed to sleep for an hour before he was able to come in and see me. So I shut my eyes which felt like a blink and then I was being dressed by the nurse and brought out to another room to get a sandwich and a lemonade and my partner came in...boy was I happy to see him.
I felt great to be honest, other than the pressure and I was quite loopy. I relaxed there for about 45 minutes and then shuffled to the car and got taken home, the drive wasn't the nicest - I live about 25 mins from the city but there was peak hour traffic and we also had to stop at the chemist to get a script filled for anti-nausea tablets (as the panadine forte had codeine in it and I thought I could have been allergic to that...which I had to find out the hard way), and some endone which was stronger than the panadine forte and I was to take that for the first several days before transitioning to the panadine forte. The endone is strong (for me anyway), and as well as the antibiotics I was given and some other things I have felt drunk and on a cloud for the past 7 days...I cannot wait to go back to being normal and not having to feel nauseous all the time
Yesterday was the first time I threw up and that pain was horrendous..I am just so thankful that I wasn't throwing up in the first few days because the pain in my abs and chest had gone down heaps by yesterday so thanking the stars that it was only yesterday and it wasn't as bad as it would have been if I was throwing up in the first 3-4 days or so.
I went in on Friday to get fitted for my post op bra, they give you a Lorna Jane soft stretchy type bra which doesn't really do much but I am happy that I didn't have to have the compression bra from day one as that would have been way too tight. The compression bra is actually a lot more comfortable than I thought, although it does dig in and sit quite tightly under my armpits which are still really swollen.
Other than the nausea and the shoulder and upper back pain of trying to get comfortable throughout the night, I've slept quite well and it has been a way better experience than I thought I was in for.
I highly recommend Dr Richardson and his team at Pacific Day Surgery. Everything about this has been amazing and kept my mind at ease. My breasts aren't sitting high at all and they are looking more amazing everyday, I am absolutely over the moon with them!
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions as I am posting this to help others out there that may have been in a similar boat to me