Hi everyone! It's me Tahitia again and I wanted to talk to you all about a topic that I've been researching for a little bit now, breast augmentation, specifically breast implants.
As you can imagine this is an incredibly sensitive and an especially intimate topic, but I was really impressed with the feedback and advice that Harlow Napalm received with her Cosmetic Surgery thread, so I thought that I'd open this topic up for discussion.
Long story short, I recently lost a great deal of weight that I had put on and carried for a couple of years. Though I feel a lot healthier, stronger and more active since loosing the weight, my breasts do not have the same shape, size or even firmness that they used to have, not during my period of weight gain or even before my weight gain.
I've been lucky enough to be able to talk with not just one, but two women who've undergone the procedure for very different reasons, but both of which couldn't be any happier with the results. One of these women is a user here on Pinup Style, and even though I don't want to give out her name in case she wants to keep that part of her life private she's been a major help in giving me insight on what I can expect.
What I'd like to know is insight from any women here on their experience with the procedure if they've had it themselves. Things like if there was a great deal of soreness afterwards in the chest and if it lingered for some time, can you feel the implants inside of you all the time and if so if that's a troubling or bothersome sensation, do you still have feeling in the breasts like you did before? Can you nurse through breasts with implants and does the growth in breast size with pregnancy make the implants look strange and misshapen at all? Most importantly is there anything, good or bad that you wish someone had told you about before the procedure that you did not know about.
So thank you for taking the time to read my questions in the post, and I can't wait to see what you guys have to say. Hugs!
I'm so glad you've opened this topic up Tahitia, looking forward to reading the responses. :-)
I used Dr. Pousti in SAn Diego for augmentation in 2005 and have been very happy with results, his pictures of his lifts look nice, he doesn't do a lot of cutting like I've seen others do in lifts.
How much did he charge you and was it significantly different than just the augmentation? if you don't mind me asking?
I am sorry I wasn't more clear. I had a breast augmentation with him, not the lift. I paid about $5000 if I remember correctly. I know that lifts are more. Before I got my b.a. i went to probably 4 dr. for consultations and that was great because some I just did not like their work or I liked what I saw in portfolio but they had a bad attitude and I couldn't see them taking my concerns seriously.
Sorry for the delay, I am not getting notifications when responses are left to my comments.
I can't give any real advice as far as the procedure goes, but I will strongly suggest that you research doctors as well as you can. Google their names and clinics to see if there are any reviews or complaints on their work. While many people are very satisfied with the procedures they choose, there are still a lot of botched surgeries. Often people having procedures done don't really want others to know they are doing it, and if something does go wrong only their very close and trusted hear about it, so you don't frequently hear the horror stories. In your consultations, ask what the worst case scenario might be. You might want to seriously reconsider a doctor who brushes that question off. Be very wary of doctors who fly in to perform procedures. If something goes wrong, you'll have a hell of a time getting it corrected. If you travel elsewhere for the procedure, be just as careful to research the facility and I strongly suggest taking someone along just in case something goes wrong. Also be very careful to investigate what your medical plan covers and does not cover, just in case there are any complications. I am not in any way trying to dissuade you (been researching abdominoplasty myself), simply advising you to make sure you are well protected.
I would also suggest reading breast implant forums. Some of them have a wealth of information that you simply may not have been given by the doctor, especially with regards to what you can expect after the surgery.
Good luck! :)
Where would I look for these forums?
Just google breast implant forums and there are a lot to choose from. One that I've seen mentioned a few times is http://www.justbreastimplants.com/forum/ . I always suggest people research a good dozen or more different sources to see if the information provided is consistent. Beware of things that sound or look as if they've simply been copied and pasted from elsewhere. There are plenty of sites like that out there that are set up simply for the site owners to make a few bucks through sponsored links or such. They frequently have only very basic information and sometimes even misinformation. I look to see if articles are authored by medical authorities and then I google those individuals to see if they are legit. Wikipedia also has a fairly long article about breast augmentation with external links at the bottom of the page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breast_implant
This is awesome! thanks so much, I never even thought to look for a FORUM...I sometimes forget the internet is here for other things than buying PUG :) I have been reading all day. Excellent resources.
In the state of California (and other US States, I believe), you can actually look up a doctor's credentials, what they've actually studied/performed, if they've had any lawsuits, complaints, malpractice, etc, what they are licensed for (not all plastics are certified plastics!), etc. Dept of Consumer Affairs website - you enter the doctor's name and it pulls up all of the info for you.
I don't know if Canada has the same, Tahitia, but it wouldn't hurt to check it out.
I used to look up doctor's for one of my previous jobs in order to do recruiting, so I know it's an excellent fount of info!
Thank you so much Felinaea! These are just the kinds of question and answer forums that I have been looking for :)
That's also good advice on watching out for misinformation, I'll have to be sure to double research facts about the procedure to be sure they have a basis in reality.
Glad to help. :)
If you're not too squeamish, you might also consider looking on Youtube for videos of the various procedures, but once again, view a few of them to make sure of the information you are getting. I always want to know what is going to be done during a surgery, so I watch surgery videos, but many people can't handle them.