Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Very Personal Story With Breast Augmentation

Hey loveys,

It's taken me a long time to muster up the courage to write this post. The obvious reason being that it's a fairly private topic... however I'm the type of person who likes to use her experiences to help others in similar situations. You may be wondering why I'm putting this on a blog that is (mostly) dedicated to health and fitness. I think self-confidence and being happy with yourself as a person, both inside and out has a lot to do with the wellness of a person, and I think that doing something to make you happier is definitely also going to make you more "well". I originally only planned to write this on my "Tales of a 38" Inseam" blog because it's dedicated to fashion/cosmetics, but I think the story can translate well to both blogs, and hopefully can help someone in similar situations that I found myself in. A lot of really amazing things have come out of this story, so let me start at the beginning.

It wasn't a "spur of the moment" type decision. Breast augmentation is something that I had been thinking about for at least two years prior to my actual surgery back in May 2013. However it wasn't until I actually started researching procedures and surgeons and clinics that I actually made my choice to go ahead with it. Growing up I always had a boyish figure. I am very tall and thin. I've always had curves on my bottom half, but I was never blessed with curves up top. It's something I came to terms with when I was younger, always purchasing and wearing bras that made me look a lot bigger than I was.

As time went on, it became more of an issue for me. Working out all the time, I couldn't help but always see myself in mirrors and notice that my breasts were just as flat as my stomach, I hated having no curves. Being into fashion was always kind of tricky as well, I could never wear anything low cut because I had zero cleavage to fill it out or to show off at all. I didn't want to wear massive padded bras all the time that tend to look a bit awkward, so I was very concious as to not purchase clothing that would show off my upper half. I slowly became extremely self-concious of myself. Going out on weekends caused me anxiety as I knew I'd see women with the shape I'd been longing for. It sounds dramatic, but it's how I felt.

For me, having small breasts was almost like having crooked teeth. People who have crooked teeth are normally self-concious about it and get braces to fix what they don't like. The same goes for people with crooked noes due to whatever reason... if it bothers them enough, they head under the knife for a rhinoplasty. Having smal breasts was no different for me than someone with braces, so I looked into my options for breast augmentation. Luckily for me, I had a friend who recently had the procedure and answered many questions I had for her. The next thing for me to do was search and find a surgeon who I would connect with and who would assure me that what I wanted done, would be done.

Under no circumstances did I want to look like Heidi Montag or Barbie. This was my list of criteria:

- I wanted to maintain my long and lean look. I don't want to be big at all.
- Having better shape in my breasts was my main focus, no size.
- I don't want the roundess at the top of my breasts like you see a lot of women with, I want them as natural looking as possible.
- I need to like and trust my surgeon.

So with my friends recommendation, and A LOT of online research, I went for my first consultation at The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga, ON. To be honest with you, I have probably never been more scared in my life. When my name was called to head into the room, I needed C to come with me because I was so nervous. I've never inquired about something so private and I knew I was going to have to show the surgeon my breasts, which was something I dreaded since I hated how I looked.

When I went into the room, I initially met with Jenny, a patient coordinator at the clinic. She basically walked me through what would happen in the consult, gave me a gown and told me to undress from the waist up and that Dr. Lista would be in soon to see and talk to me. I got undressed and waited on the chair and I swear I probably sweat like a litre of water because of my nerves.

When Dr. Lista came into the room, he looked at my breasts, did some quick measurements and gave me the size range he felt I could go to and still look extremely natural and keep my long and lean look. He told me my options for implant sizes, where I could get the incision, and what types of implants I could choose from. Then he left me to try on different sizes with Jenny. That was definitely the most fun part of the whole experience, and Jenny was so nice and outgoing, I instantly loved her.

I ended up booking my surgery that day for 6 weeks down the road. I was very hesitant in making the decision, but Dr. Lista had answered all of my questions and made me feel confident in my decision wheather I decided to go with the surgery or not.

Fast forward 6 weeks and it's the morning of surgery. Because I'm diabetic they operated on me first thing in the morning so I didn't go too long without food. I had to be at the clinic a little before 7am (BRUTAL) where I waited, hungry and thirsty, for my name to be called. I had a bag full of stuff I had to bring with me (pajamas, extra diabetic stuff, button down shirt... etc) and then my name was called and I was off. C went and hung out at Starbucks while I was getting cut open lol. I went into a pre-op room where I changed into my pajamas, put on a robe, a housecoat, a cap thing for my hair (I looked like a penis, seriously) and sat in a chair under a heating blanket watching City Line for like 20 minutes. Nurse Lori came in and gave me a cocktail of pills, had me test my blood sugar and walked through the whole procedure with me. After Lori was through drugging me, Dr. Lista came in, all smiles and so excited to cut me open. He plotted what he was going to do directly on my skin and asked me the size I was going so that he could write it on my so he "didn't forget"... 300 cc's and we're good to go.

So then it came time. When I get nervous I laugh a lot and try to make jokes. Normally this always comes at inappropriate times but no one cared here. I was lying on an operating table trying to talk weather with the nurses. I think the lady putting me under actually commented on how I had perfectly shapped eyebrows (hellp plastic surgery clinic, of course you would notice something like that) and so I joked about how I won't need those fixed any time soon. I can't remember if they laughed or not. I'm sure I thought I was funny. Then I dozed off...

.... then I woke up in the recovery room, and didn't feel the hottest. Not going to lie here, when you've just had surgery, it isn't cotton candy and butterflies, it does come with some pain. My chest was tight, I couldn't really use any of my stomach muscles and I just wanted to sleep (they give you GOOD drugs). There was actually a guy across from me just waking up as I was munching on crackers and he mentioned that he felt like he reeeeeeally wanted a steak. I laughed at him and he then congratulated me on my additions. Awkward... lol.

I got wheeled out eventually and made my way downstairs to my car where C was waiting. I had a pain pump on me, two drainage tubes in my armpits (that's where my incisions were) and an insulin pump on me as well. I was basically I walking robot for 24 hours. I couldn't really get in and out of the car without help, but little Nurse Lori helped me! She's so cute. I went back to the clinic 24 hours later to have my drainage tubes removed (weirdest feeling of life!) and my pain pump taken off. Lori did all of that for me too. I remember her calling me "babe" a lot, I loved her for that, especially when I hadn't showered for 3 days and I knew I looked like a bag of garbage.

A week passed and by the time I went back for a follow up appointment, most of my bruising was gone. I took Arnica to help with bruising (Yay Homeopathic!) which I really liked. At that point I was taught how to cleanse my incisions going forward, and was given the products to use to help them heal. A week after that I went back again and my stitches were removed (only 1 in each pitter) and I had specific intructions on how to massage the tatas so that they didn't develop capsular contraction (I feel really smart knowing all this medical jargon now), and so they moved free like real boobies! It wasn't the best feeling in the world, but I listened to all my doctors orders and fast forward to today, and they are GREAT!


I still have scars in my armpits (medical term - axilla), but Im a slow healer because of my diabetes, and I'm using special silicone stuff to help them go away completely, so it's just a matter of time before they're all gone. During my whole pre-op stage, I had Brittany as my patient coordinator (not Jenny anymore) and she was wonderful. We talked on the phone probably once every two weeks just because I had so many questions and kept going back and forth between the sizes I wanted to go. I actually still keep in touch with Brittany, she's so cute and so nice... and 1 woman I know of that's taller than me lol. Dr. Lista was a great surgeon and was always curious how I was doing and how my bloog sugars were doing. He was the one who introduced me to the Miracle 10 products that I'm always raving about, as Miracle 10 was developed by The Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic.

Overall I was so super impressed by Dr. Lista and his amazing staff. I never once felt uncomfortable (after my initial consult and surgery of course lol) and if I ever had any questions I always got an answer right away from Brittany. Dr. Lista is so kind as whenever I had questions about my healing or my incisions, he takes a little time out of his already crazy insane day to check me out quickly and make sure everything is alright. I get a bit paranoid with my healing, but he understands and seems to be ok with it.

I'm now actually acting as a Patient Advocate for the clinic, so whenever a patient wants to speak to someone who has had the surgery, they call me (or someone like me!). I've also worked closely with Miracle 10 now, as you know, and really do love their products and the company. I've made friends with Brittany and Nurse Lori and I still enjoy seeing Dr. Lista in my follow up appointments. He's one doctor I don't mind seeing as I don't get in trouble for anything by him lol!

I thought I'd be really shy about having this operation, but I really do enjoy talking to people about it who are genuinely curious. It was probably one of the best things I've ever done for myself. I'm so much more confident than I was before, and I just feel more like an actual woman.. not in a little boy's body. It really has been such an amazing experience and journey for myself... It has changed my whole perception on plastic surgery in general. I'm now way more open as to why people would get plastic surgery, and I think it's a beautiful, great thing.

If you have questions or comments or anything you want to say/ask me privately, feel free to send me an email to sarah.ohm@gmail.com, and I will definitely respond right away! To my family who didn't know about this - well, now you do. Sorry I didn't spill it all over Thanksgiving dinner lol!

Thanks for reading my story, xo.

52 comments:

  1. Congrats Sarah!! I'm sure it took a lot of courage to not only write this post but to also book the initial consultation and then book your surgery. I have small breasts (34A/B) and would love to have surgery as I know exactly how you felt when shopping for clothes and not have anything fit up top.

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    1. Thanks Janice!! I was a 34B before and now I'm a 34C, so it wasn't a drastic change!! :).. it's kind of a crappy feeling for sure!!

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  2. It definitely takes a lot of courage to write this post, so good for you. I think you'll be really helping others who are struggling with this decision as well. Also, I like your comparison to getting braces. It's true! I don't know why there is such a stigma for breast augmentation. Interesting to hear your experiences. I don't know if it's something that I'll ever do, but I guess we'll see what the girls are looking like when I'm done having a bunch of kids! hahah!

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    1. Aw thank you Kelly! I can't tell you how many times I've heard people judge breast augmentation but they themselves have had braces strictly for cosmetic reasons, so it's kind of the same! :) Hahaha, you're funny. It's definitely not for everyone, but it worked for me!

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  3. wow! I had no idea! that's really great that you are so open to sharing this! I too had a similar experience, but on the opposite end! I had a breast reduction my sophomore year of college. it was the best thing I ever did for myself. I was a size 38 DDD and fit into nothing! I couldn't wear dresses, swimsuits, or cute tops. I had no self confidence and I actually wore three bras at all time to support myself because they were so "saggy" or whatever you want to say. it was MISERABLE! I was so scared to have it done, and I didnt want to talk to anyone bc I was soooo self conscious. but I finally bit the bullet! the surgery was sooo easy, and now I am so happy! it helped me to become healthy, active, and love my body. I also now talk about it non stop and share my story with everyone! hahaha how cool that you too went through something so similar! xxoo

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    1. Aww JENNA!! I just love you a ton. Thanks for sharing your story too!! I'm glad we can both relate somewhat to each other! :)

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  4. Thank you for sharing. You look great in both pictures.

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  5. wow you really look amazing!!

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  6. I think you are really brave to admit to something like that. Not everyone who did it dare to admit it and I admire you for that. You actually look amazing now! Glad you made the right decision for you! :D


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  7. Congrats on your new tatas and new found confidence! Dr. Lista did a great job. Very natural looking :0)

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    1. Thanks Mary!! I was nervous, but I'm glad you're all taking to it so well!

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  8. You look great! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this superb story of Breast Augmentation, Really a great experience, It may definitely takes a lot of courage to write this post. This would be very helpful post for others...Thank You So Much!

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    1. Thank you so much - I hope it does help someone!! :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your site is very cool.

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  11. The best part about this is I see your photos on facebook all the time and clearly missed this post because I had NOIDEA. I totally perved you photos and was like oh, ya - they do look bigger! Sounds like a serious ordeal, but glad you're happy with how everything turned out - my friend is about to go through the same procedure so I'm going to send her your info :)

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    1. Hahaha omg this made me laugh! Let your friend know she can contact me anytime if she has any questions!!

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  12. Glad to have read your story and it makes me feel good that you are happy with the results.My mom underwent silicone breast implants after her third pregnancy and it has been a year after she got it done. She is happy with the results though she had hard time during recovery.

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    1. Oh that's great!! I'm glad to hear she's happy with her results too!!

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  13. I googled "breast augmentation with Dr. Lista" and came across this. I'm consulting with him next week and I'm sooo nervous/ excited. Any way I could reach you?

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  14. oops, duh, didn't read the end.

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    1. Haha no problem Linda! I'd love to chat!! Shoot me an email and we can be in touch! :)

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  15. Sarah, you look fab after your breast augmentation surgery. Would you mind saying how long this is gonna last? perhaps more than 7 years? My mom have been planning for this, but recently i went through a forum where someone was saying his experience and he started experiencing health issues years later. So should the breast implants have removed right?

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    1. Hi Dawn!
      There is a misconception that implants need to be removed or changed after 10 years. Not true. Most people live with their original implants their whole lives. I spoke with my surgeon (he knows I was going to have questions come to me about the blog, so he's cool with answering them... how awesome is that?) and he said "I have never, in 25 years, seen a case where implants caused a health problem. Yes complications can occur but they are always local problems confined to the breast, usually problems with appearance. I have never seen implants effect a womans overall health.".
      I hope that helps!! You can always email me directly if you have any further quetsions! :)
      Sarah xo

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  17. Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I've already been to 2 consults for breast augmentation the past 2 weeks and I'm ready to make my decision. Can it email you privately and ask you some questions

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    1. Hi Arlie,

      Yes! Feel free to send me an e-mail... no problem! :)

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  18. You look great!!! I was wondering if you got silicone gel or saline and was it above or below the muscle...thank you! Oh and few more...high, medium or low profile and round or teardrop implants? Thank you sooo much!!

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    1. Haha thanks!! I had cohesive gel implants, below the muscle and I'm not sure about the profile to be honest... I should ask. :P

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  19. I've done several of implant removals this year, and so many people have the same reasoning as you.

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    1. What reason? I didn't get them removed! :)

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  20. Sara, You look amazing. THanks for sharing your experience. I too am tall and slender. I just want a nice, natural look, especially in a swimsuit or sports top. My girlfriends are all pushing me to go bigger saying that if I'm going to spend the money and go through the pain, I may as well go big. Your post has validated my decision to stay on the conservative side. THanks!

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    1. Aww no problem Shurelle!! Don't do ANYTHING that you're not comfortable with!! It's ultimately your body and if you want to enhance it, that's so great, but don't do it so much that you're uncomfortable in your own skin!! There have been times where I still get envious of women who get larger implants than I, but all I have to do is look in the mirror and I remember why I didn't want huge ones. Good luck girl!

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  21. Thank you Sarah for sharing your story. I'm sure there are many of us out here that have found your information useful. I too am considering an enhancement. I want the same as you wanted. Nothing bigger than what would look natural for my body. I am currently a 34-36B and after seeing your before and after pictures, I know that I could go to a C cup and not look ridiculous. I am actually built a bit bigger than you are so they would probably look ok on me also. I was concerned that a C would look too big.
    I appreciate you sharing your story. It has really helped me.

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    1. Awwww Karen, thank you for leaving this comment!!! I'm so glad I could help you, helping women was the main reason I wrote this blog! Please reach out to me via e-mail if you want someone to chat with more, my e-mail is posted above. Thank you so much for your kind words, that totally made my day! <3

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  22. So inspiring, thank you for sharing your story. Breast implants have been around for decades, and materials just keep getting better. Women are not always happy with the size or shape of their breasts. Too big, too small, even different sizes, but whatever the reason, treatments for women abound. Congratulations and I hope more women will inspire in your story.

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  24. Women are not always happy with the size or shape of their breasts. Too big, too small, even different sizes, but whatever the reason, treatments for women abound. so women need breast augmentation .

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  25. Dear,
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  27. Congratulations and thanks for mustering up the courage and sharing your story with us. My cousin got her breast augmentation done from a plastic surgeon in barrie from royal centre http://royalcentreofplasticsurgery.com/procedures/body-contouring/breast-augmentation/ and it turned out great. It's been 7 months since she got it and they look the same and she had no side effects.

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  28. Sara, I found you doing a google search. I am a market research consultant and have been asked to conduct a research study with women who have gone through breast augmentation for cosmetic reasons (not reconstruction). I would ask you to participate in an hour long 1:1 call with me. In return you would be paid $100 Amazon gift card. If you are interested in participating please let me know. Suzannedufore@gmail.com

    Thank you! And, I apologize for writing in your blog...

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