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  • Surgery/ Procedure
    BA - anatomicals deciding between brazilians and textured silicone
  • Name of Surgeon and Date of Surgery
    Deciding between Canberra - Dr Taylor; Sydney - Dr Tavakoli or Dr Rastogi. Hopefully this year
  • Measurements
    170cm 58kg 12/14 A cup

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  1. Thanks so much everyone. As I said it's still very early days so we don't know what will happen, but it's so heartwarming to read your lovely messages! Kazza, thanks for the advice about the treadmill, I definitely need to get fitter if I'm going to be able to deal with this. Have a great day everyone! : )
  2. After a year of ivf at the age of 40 following the birth of my little boy the year before - after fostering a baby girl who will stay with us for life - after having a BA done 5 months ago, somehow I find myself pregnant 'naturally' at 43. It's only early days (5 weeks) so anything could happen but I think I'm still in shock! There is no room in our house for another child, I was starting to get excited about the kids getting older so I can have more time to myself and to get back into running my own business, and of course I have no idea how this will affect my new boobs (I think they're going to explode!), and breastfeeding, although I've been told it should still be possible to do it. This is certainly not part of our plans at the moment - but on the other hand it feels like such a miracle. I've read that the chances of pregnancy at my age are 1 to 2 percent, and would be even lower for someone like me with my ivf and medical history - but someone obviously really wants to be here! We will be having the baby, if we are lucky enough to hold on to the pregnancy - but what an amazing and crazy shock!! Merlin : )
  3. Hi Lover If it was me I would send them an email saying how excited I am about coming to their wedding and that you have the accommodation, flights, hire car etc all booked and ready to go. Then I would say something like "I'm really sorry but I don't think we will be able to contribute as much money as we would like to in the wishing well as a fair bit of it has gone on the other expenses - really hope that's OK". You'll probably get a reply back saying that that's no problem at all and that they're just happy you're making the effort to come. They will probably even say don't worry about contributing money. You are putting a lot of money into being there on the day - most people wouldn't be able to afford a gift on top of that. I got married on Hamilton Island, we had a small group of family and friends there with us, and my message to them was that them putting in the effort and money to be there was their gift to us, and that we didn't want any other gifts or presents. I think this was a relief to most of our guests! Good luck, hope you have a great time at the wedding : )
  4. Dear Libby, what a difficult time! I think the tattoo is very honest, showing all the sides of your sister - your embracing and loving her as she really was. I've been to psychologists many times, the great thing about them is that you can completely offload, you don't have to worry about seeming negative or talking about all your problems too much, like you might with friends - their job is to be there for you and help you through those difficult times. We spend a lot of money and time at the gym to get our bodies into great shape, a psychologist is there to get your mind in the best shape, so you think and feel better - which to me is even more important. So don't feel uncomfortable about it. Make the call. The better you feel the more you will have to give to your kids and your husband, not to mention yourself. Here for you anytime Libby xx Merlin
  5. Hi Hayley Unfortunately I don't feel comfortable filling in your questionnaire because I don't think having a breast enlargement is related to looking youthful - not for me anyway. Also, in your questionnaire you mention many times going to 'extreme lengths' to change our appearance, to me it makes it sound like what we are doing is excessive, the term has negative connotations for me. That's my personal response to the questionnaire, but I do wish you good luck with questionnaire and with your project. Merlin
  6. On another note Lindy240, I think accusing Loz89 of working for Dr Rastogi and "scouting" for Dr Rastogi's reviews was quite out of line. It is particularly an odd thing to say because it is exactly what you have done. For example this particular thread was started and finished in 2012, in order for you to find it you must have done a search for Dr Rastogi and Dr Liew, from that you decided to resurrect this thread in order for you to make your comments. But Loz89 has not done that. Because you replied to the old post means that this thread became active again, and appeared in the 'new' posts on the home page, this is where everyone sees it, and where Loz would have too. Most people on here who were patients of Dr Rastogi or have an interest in him would have opened that post (including myself) - she wasn't 'scouting' for reviews. Also you can see that Loz has posted over 700 messages over her time as a member on here. These messages have been on all kinds of subjects. So accusing her of working for Dr Rastogi just makes no sense at all. On the other hand you have posted only 7 messages as a member, 2 duplicates of your issue with Dr Rastogi and your preference for Dr Liew, and the rest related to those posts. If I was the cynical type I might think that you might work for Dr Liew. My apologies if you find this message offensive, it's not meant to be. I just think that Loz was very polite to you and I don't think she deserved your accusations. Good luck again with resolving your issue with your BA. Merlin
  7. Hi Lindy Sorry you are so unhappy with your breasts. Do you know that it's not actually the implants that are firm? The firm feeling is due to the shell around the implant, this shell is what helps the implant adhere so well to the chest wall. Over time the shell comes away from the implant and integrates with the surrounding chest tissue creating a netting around the implant, which continues to hold it in place. During this process the implant becomes softer and softer, and once the process is complete the implant is just as soft as other textured implants - although it will never be soft as smooth implants. This whole process can take up to 2 years to complete. You are at 5 months so you have a long time to go yet. The reason Dr Rastogi uses these types of implants for all his patients is because he believes they can be for everyone, this is because: • if you are willing to wait they become quite soft over time • there is hardly any chance of rotation (essential for tear drop shaped implants) • there is a very low rate of capsular contracture You said that Dr Liew believes they aren't for people with a small amount of breast tissue. That is Dr Liew's opinion. I have brazilian implants and had a very small amount of breast tissue and I am very happy with the result. You didn't have much breast tissue and yet you have said that your breasts now look 'amazing' and hang 'very naturally'. That is quite an achievement in itself as it can be hard to achieve a really natural look when starting with a very flat chest. What did Dr Rastogi say about your concerns when you had your 3 month check up? I assume that you've discussed this issue with him? I would imagine that he would have reassured you that not only will they become soft in time but will also move a lot more naturally too. My advice to you would be, contact Dr Rastogi's office with any concerns you have, and perhaps be a bit more patient. You have great looking boobs, and in time they will feel great too. And the best thing is that you don't have to worry about capsular contracture or rotation! Also, if you're wondering if I work for Dr Rastogi (like you accused Loz89), no I don't. The reason I know all this is because I did a lot of research on Brazilians before I had my surgery, I also asked a lot of questions during my consultation and took lots of notes. Dr Rastogi is expensive so for that money I could have gone to any Plastic or Cosmetic surgeon I liked (including Dr Liew), but I chose Dr Rastogi because of his extensive and broad experience in Breast Augmentation and the fact that he works solely with brazilians, so he has expertise in that area, and of course because his photo gallery is absolutely beautiful. Good luck Lindy, I hope you grow to love the boobs you have. Merlin
  8. Thanks for starting this off again Kazza, good to hear how everyone's going! I haven't booked my 3 months follow up yet, but will soon. Have been putting it off because my boobs still haven't changed since 10 days post-op. But the appointment will be good because it should help me understand why. I emailed them photos and Dr Rastogi says it is taking me longer than most, possibly because my muscles still haven't relaxed or because I have a smallish distance from nipple to crease, it may be that I need to wait for that area to stretch a bit more so that the implant can settle into place. Anyway, I'll know more at my appointment. The only other question I'll have for him is the puckering (slightly lumpy feeling) I can feel on the outer side of my boobs just near the implant edge. I can only feel it when I'm sleeping on my side with my arm raised. I can sleep comfortably on my sides now but when I sleep on my tummy I need a pillow under my boobs. Good luck with everyone's upcoming checkups - lilbeetle glad yours went well - look forward to hearing how they all go : ) Merlin
  9. Hi Ottie I am 3 months post-op now and had my BA with Dr Rastogi, I also had 420 Polytech hi profile. My breast width is about 14cm. I am about 170cm tall and weigh about 57kg, I started as an A cup and now look like a full C cup. My bra size is now 14D. So my guess is that you will end up looking like a D cup but may take a bigger bra size. Feel free to send me a friend request if you'd like to see my photos : )
  10. Dear Kazza There's not much to say that others haven't already said, and it warms my heart that people on this forum have flocked around you to give you the love and support you need at this time - how beautiful!! Special friendships are very rare, it's so sad that this one ended, but so wonderful that you had her in your life, and that she had you! It must have meant so much to her. There is one thing I'd like to say though, and I hope you will take it in the way it's intended. Try not to feel too harshly toward the other people in your friends life who responded to her issues in a different way to you, it's really hard in those situations to know the best way to help someone. Some people respond by pouring their love into that person (like you did), others try to force them into rehab, some might use other ways to try and coerce them to make a positive change. I don't know what I would do in that situation. I think I'd probably do whatever I thought might work, even if that was tough love. And people would have differed in what they thought would be the best approach. They may have dealt with the situation differently to you, but it is possible that they did it because they also loved her (like you did) and were trying their best not to lose her. Of course I'm a complete outsider to your situation, you were her friend and know the other people involved and how they behaved, not me. I guess I'm just saying that the situation sounds horrific, and not everyone would have known what to do. But your friend is so lucky that she knew, along the whole course of her struggle, that you loved her unconditionally - not many people in her situation would have had that! Thinking of you and sending you all my love and strength! xxx
  11. Happy new year to you guys too! My birthday was on the 30th (43 years old now - how is it possible?!), so we had a night our celebrating then. So yesterday all I wanted to do was stay home, get cosy in my new pj's in bed, with my glass of champagne and my book. It made me remember years ago when new years eve was so important to me, and essential that I was out on the town with my friends, but last night I thought, my two beautiful little ones are here in bed, my wonderful husband's at home with me - why would I want to be anywhere else? It's a good feeling to feel so content and not be searching anymore. I think I was asleep by 9.45pm - well I am an oldie now! : )
  12. Libby, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother, I really hope he makes a good and fast recovery! You have had a full-on year, I hope next year will be much better!! Sez_92, I do feel for you, when things like that happen to me I also doubt whether I'm being too sensitive or not. I'm going though something similar to you and Libby with a friend and I've decided to back right off. I guess we just have to value ourselves and believe in the fact that we are good people and deserve positive friends in our lives who appreciate who we are and the friendship we offer. In the end life is too short to spend time with people who don't truly care about us or recognise our worth - that's my 2 cents worth. Good luck Sez, hope you sort it out one way or the other : )
  13. Hi AlexV : ) in answer to your question there were two reasons I didn't go to Dr Miroshnik, one was because he doesn't have as much experience using Brazilians as Dr Rastogi who ONLY uses Brazilians, the other reason was that most of the photos on Dr Miroshnik's website show a lot of upper pole fullness (convex curve) whereas I was after a really natural look with a slightly concave curve to the upper pole, which Dr Rastogi specialises in. But you're right, there are heaps of positive comments on this site about Dr Miroshnik, I believe he generally does a great job and has lots of happy patients. In the end it comes down to personal choice and what you are after. If you don't want Brazilians then I think Dr Miroshnik is one of the very best BA surgeons in Sydney. You might want to check out the websites of the surgeons you're considering and have a look at the before and after photos. Good luck choosing : )
  14. Because BA boobs don't move at all 'width' wise you need to make extra sure the bra is big enough so that they are comfortable and don't dig, whereas natural boobs can handle a slightly smaller size as they are more malleable. I am only wearing non-underwire, non-padded bras as they are very comfortable and because after a BA we don't need a good bra to give good shape - we already have good shape. Sass and Bide (like in my Avatar), Oroton and Calvin Klein make beautiful, sexy, lacy bras with no underwire. Good luck, hope you find something that doesn't dig in : )
  15. Hi Evelyn That's worrying isn't it. You would think that after 8 months with no issues you'd be in the clear. I googled your issue and came up with the following info (see below) http://www.realself.com/question/dent-in-cleavageboth-breasts1 Almost all the doctors suggest that it has occured because some muscle was released to bring the cleavage closer together. Do you know if Dr Rastogi did that for you? I know that he does it quite often (he did it for me). So that could be the cause. I know that not all doctors think it's advisable to use this technique. It seems strange that it's only occured now though, from what I've read it often can be seen soon after surgery. It's also a worry that they say it's caused because of over-exertion of the muscles. In the consultations we're told we can get back to lifting weights etc after the proper healing time, and I know there was no mention of this possible issue occuring during my consultation. Also it's strange to say that it's because you didn't have much breast tissue to start with. Most women who get BA's don't have much to start with but not everyone gets dents. I think it may be due more to the fact that the muscles have been released, if you're concerned I think you should get a second opinion. Could you please let me know how you go with this - I'm really interested to know what the cause was and treatment is, and how your (our) doctor deals with it. Best of luck! Merlin
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