Breast Augmentation Surgery Story
A Patient of Dr. Pousti, San Diego & Temecula/Murrieta Valley, CA
Breast Augmentation performed by Dr. Pousti
After years of being unhappy with my breasts I finally felt it was time to start researching breast augmentation. I found lots of helpful information on the internet and looked at literally hundreds of breasts. I was rather disappointed in most of the before and after photos from many different doctors. I knew I would be a slightly difficult case because I was unhappy with the shape of my breasts and the distance between them, as well as wanting them to be larger. When I came across Dr. Pousti's site I was pleased with the results of his before and after photos from previous patients. I would have been happy with any of the after photos as my own breasts. So I scheduled a consultation.
I arrived excited yet slightly nervous. I had done tons of research, and I still had so many questions. I was greeted by a friendly and courteous staff, filled out a short form or two, then was asked if I would like to speak with some of his previous patients. I, of course, accepted and spoke with several women about their experiences with Dr. Pousti. All of the women were quite pleased with their results and happy to share and answer my questions. I found that two of the women were recommended to Dr. Pousti by their OBGYNs. Being able to speak to women who had already gone through the entire procedure was comforting and showed how much his patients really like him. I then met with the doc himself. He was up-front, polite, and honest which I really appreciated. He explained to me what could and could not be achieved through breast augmentation. He asked me why I wanted the procedure and we agreed that I had the right reason- for me, not for anyone else. I wanted to change the size and shape of my breasts to have better self confidence and make myself more proportionate. I asked him all of my questions from the TUBA (through the naval) method to the risks of the procedure. My biggest concern was loss of sensation. Dr. Pousti was not pushy nor rushed; he gave me all the time I needed to go over any of my questions, concerns, etc. When we finished he welcomed me to come back and visit as many times as I wanted. Some of the other women said that other doctors had tried to get them to schedule a surgery date right then and there. I left without feeling pressured and with a good sense of mind. The next day I called and scheduled a surgery date; I knew Dr. Pousti was the one for me.
I saw Dr. Pousti a few more times before my surgery mostly to discuss sizing. There is no foolproof way of determining how big to go. I went through his photos of before and afters and chose several that I liked for size and shape. But I was slightly discouraged because all these girls were much shorter than me. I stand nearly 6'2" and I wanted to find other women in my height/weight range to compare against. I went online and found that I liked the way 500-600cc implants looked on women with my build. Just to be sure that I wasn't going too big or to end up regretting not going big enough I filled the bottoms of old pantyhose with rice to use as a stuffer. I had found a web site that recommended this and gave a table of how much rice was equivalent to 100ccs of saline. I put the rice sacks in a bra that I had bought that I believed to be how large I would like to be after surgery. I wore the rice bra everywhere during my regular days to make sure I didn't feel uncomfortably large up top. After a few weeks I was sure that the rice bra size was ideal.
Having a set surgery date was the perfect motivator to get my body in better shape. As the day got closer and closer I got even more excited. Like an elementary school child makes a paper chain counting down the days until Christmas, I made a paper chain to my big day. There wasn't a nervous bone in my body- I was about to get what I always wanted to have been born with.
I couldn't even contain myself the morning of my surgery. I brought the rice bra with me again to show Dr. Pousti, and I kiddingly said, "Fill'er up!" as I showed him the bra. I understood that he could only try to give me the look and size that I wanted; there were no guarantees. The nurses were all so kind and reassuring. I met with my anesthesiologist and then went under. Dr. Pousti uses sizers to ensure that you get the size you wanted. He had tried a 600cc sizer and decided it was too big. He knew I wanted to be large, but not huge. I was then given 525cc implants overfilled to 575ccs. I woke up groggy but so amazed. I had a chest! Between the bandages I could see cleavage. Cleavage...me with cleavage! Because my breasts were naturally constricted and so far apart, cleavage was something I had never really experienced. I stayed in the surgery center for a short while after I awoke and spoke with Dr. Pousti. He said everything went very well. I was still flabbergasted.
I was allowed to go home with my friend who was to take care of. For the next few days I was not really in pain, just a state of discomfort. Yes, it does feel like an elephant is sitting on your chest. Dr. Pousti called me that evening just to check up on me. I felt fine, but I found it very difficult to sit up and get out of bed. You never realize how much you use your pectoral muscles and your arms to get up. Keeping your elbows to your side to do everything was annoying yet necessary. Before five days was up I was off the pain killers and going stir crazy (I'm normally a very active person). I had my stitches removed on the sixth day out, and I got to see my breasts without any bandages for the first time. I was so happy I wanted to kiss Dr. Pousti! And then a shower; not being allowed to shower for 6 days was torturous. I saw Dr. Pousti frequently after my surgery. I became one of the very happy women to share my experience with others. I highly recommend Dr. Pousti to anyone. Would I do it all over again? In a heartbeat! Dr. Pousti and I both believe my results came out even better than expected. I feel they're perfect, and I didn't loose any sensation anywhere. I went from a 34B to a 34DD/36D. Dr. Pousti usually avoids mentioning cup sizes because they can vary so much, so please don't place too much emphasis on a cup size. My small scars are quickly fading away. I now have the confidence I lacked before. My clothes fit and look better, and I feel like a million bucks. Thank you so much Dr.
Hi my name is Jazz and I am 49 years old. I've wanted beautiful boobs like Pamela Anderson forever. I was a very saggy B-C cup and padding was my middle name. I foolishly thought breast augmentation was only for the very rich and famous. I had a friend who said she'd asked about breast augmentation and was told the prices started at $10,000 and went up from there. One night I was sitting on the patio with my wonderful husband and broached the subject of augmentation. My husband always supports me and went for it immediately with a big smile on his face. . I went to my computer and typed in breast augmentation. This great and informative site came up. I was so relieved it was for women only. I never imagined what a close sisterhood was waiting for me here. I ended up choosing a great surgeon. His prices are very reasonable and less than $10,000. One of the girls from this site used him and was very pleased with her results. It took me over a year of planning, saving money, vacation time and learning everything I could about breast augmentation. My big day was Sept 3rd. My doctor and I decided on a lift and round, high profile, smooth, mentor, 500cc to give me the full DD's I coveted so much. My surgery went very well but I had bruising to my right nipple that caused me to worry. I always had sensitive nips and did not want to lose feeling in them. My wonderful doctor told me not to worry everything was fine. My boobies were huge even in my bandage. The pain I felt was minimal and easily controlled by pain medication. I am now 9 weeks post and loving them. They are getting very soft and fluffing nicely. They even BOUNCE!! I ended up with the full DD's I wanted. I'm thrilled that they are perky. My charming husband can't keep his hands to himself these days!! LOL I love this site so much and met so many wonderful friends here. The knowledge in parted to me from these lovely ladies was immense. I say whole heartedly if you want breast augmentation, then go for it. It was a wonderful thing to do for myself! My self esteem is so enhanced and wearing clothes has become FUN. Hugs to all from Jazzy-Jazz The Tribal Belly Dancer
WEEK TWO~ I feel okay, very sensitive. My fiancé says I am driving him mad. My breasts are still hard and fake looking but I am in Miami and loving every minute of my new found womanhood! My skin is very tight, and I have lots of bruising.
WEEK THREE~ I started putting coco butter on my breasts and saw an immediate improvement. I have never had kids so my skin was in shock. My bruises are almost gone by my incisions and I have started to work out. I still can't really stretch my arms all the way over my head yet. I got my period really early; doc says that it's normal to be off cycle after surgery.
WEEK SIX~ the bruise on the top of my breast is just starting to go away (doc says it's working its way up). I can't tell you how happy I am with the new look. I was very nervous at first because I thought that they were too big. I lost over an inch of swelling and now they are a perfect C. My nipples are VERY sensitive to the touch but are getting better everyday. I am massaging them three times a day, taking vitamin E, and putting Maderma on my scars. I really think that the most important thing to remember is that you won't get your final result for two - three weeks if that, so don't freak out if they aren't exactly what you expected. If you have any questions at all feel free to e-mail me. Before I had my surgery I had so many questions and stayed up for hours researching things. Mostly doctors. Good Luck!!!
Mendi's Breast Surgery Miracle
Hi my name is Mendi. I am 28 years old. I had breast implants put in in January of this year (2004). I was just told I have breast cancer only four months later. If I would have never chosen to get implants I would have not known of the cancer until much later because the implants actually pushed the lump closer to the surface for me to find. So the doctors say the best thing I did was get the implants.
Tammy - Real Estate Agent
I went into Victoria's Secret on Saturday to get a big bra to try to stuff so I could get an idea what I wanted before my consult....let me tell you it was a little embarrassing walking around with a bra that was obviously too big for me. Then when I went to try it on and stuff it with thongs (don't ask), I was literally tackled by the sales lady as I went into the dressing room....she wanted to measure me REALLY BADLY. "I just want to make sure you are trying on the right size"...she kept on saying. I politely declined but she was so adamant about it. I literally ran into the room and slammed the door in her face. My poor boyfriend just stood there speechless.
LuKreCia's Story (Forum Name: LUKRECIAH)
Pregnancy After Breast Augmentation
I know there is a lot of concern about how pregnancy affects implants, so I wanted to share my experience. I gave birth on January 24, 2005. I have had implants since March 29, 2001. I went from a AA to a D with 360 cc. I did not breastfeed. To my great surprise my boobs survived without any changes at all. There is no sag, no change in size, and I got no stretch marks whatsoever. The lack of stretch marks could be due to the Mustela products I appied daily from the first month of pregnancy, though. Just thought I would let you all know
I should add that I did wear a supportive bra 24/7 during the entire pregnancy, and once my milk came in, I wore a size small sports bra to compress them until it dried up. I think wearing a bra all the time is what helped a lot.
Augmentation Performed by:
Plastic Surgeon, Dr. John Tebbetts, Dallas, TX
I would like to thank you for a wonderful site. I am writing for my wife, who is a bit shy, but wants to share her experience. My wife is one of those who seems to have been passed over by the boob fairy, she almost got up to a full A-cup when she was breast feeding, but that did not last.
After turning 40 she started to really change as far as her outlook, and attitude on life, becoming more active she dropped 4 sizes, and became more confident. But one day she came home and shared with me that she had often wondered why a close friend who was the same height and weight, and also wore the same size clothes looked thinner. It had dawned on her that the difference was her friend was a full C-cup, and the proportions made the difference. It was at this time she told me that she had always wanted a breast augmentation, but thought it would be seen as vain, not to mention what our families would think.
I started researching the procedure, and surgeons. We then started what seemed like endless consults, never really feeling like we found the right surgeon, even with a few professional courtesies being offered because of my work in the air medical field. Then I got a copy of The Best Breast and promptly scheduled a consult with Dr. John Tebbetts amongst the several we would see on that day. We met with Terrye the first day, and were impressed with her knowledge, charm, and honest opinions that gave us realistic expectations.
A week later we met with Dr. Tebbetts and he spent a great deal of time explaining that we could seek a certain size/cc or go with what her tissues would allow. We chose to allow Dr. Tebbetts to use the implant he thought would be best for my wife and her tissues. I promptly emptied the Harley fund and paid for all of the fees, and we scheduled the breast augmentation.
I had discovered that not only had Dr. Tebbetts been featured in Allure, and several other magazines, but also was the inventor of the anatomical implant, and developed the "Dry dissection" technique of creating a pocket for the implants. Our decision to use Dr. Tebbets was certainly the right one.
The day of the breast augmentation comes around, and here is where I was truly amazed. Our day went as follows;
12:00 into the operating room.
1:30 I am brought into recovery to be given instructions labeled "The recipe for success"
2:00 My wife is wheeled out to the car, and we begin home.
4:00 We arrive home, my wife sleep's for 2 hrs. as instructed.
6:00 My wife is taking a hot shower (no bandages)and washing her hair.
7:00 The Chinese Buffet must be thinking about putting in speed bumps, she is eating crab leg's and sushi like a sumo wrestler (LOL).
10:00 she lie's on her breast for 15 minutes as instructed, takes her medicine (Ibuprofen, that's all) and fall's asleep.
8:00 She wants to ride on the motorcycle to breakfast.
9:30 in the shower and doing the prescribed exercises.
11:00 she is snacking on more food and amazed the crumbs landed somewhere other than in her lap.
4:00 She is walking around the mall with 2 bags of clothes and a smile.
6:00 She is tired and her shoulders (not breasts) are sore.
She feels weak and dizzy, she failed to drink anything other than 2 caffeinated drinks in yesterday's Texas heat. I started an IV, re hydrated her and became the Gatorade wielding drill sergeant, we walked about a mile that evening.
Could easily return to work, but with everyone telling her how miserable she would be for weeks were going to milk this for all it's worth, and spend the week camping and working around the house.
As for Dr. Tebbets work? It is easy to see why people travel from other countries to use him, and we both can't help but smile at the result's, and chuckle when people ask if she has lost weight.
As for my opinion? This was even better than giving her a power drill for her birthday (LOL)
Nonny's Aunt's Long Lasting Implants
Ok, I just got back from Vegas visiting my aunt. She is 58 years old and has had implants as long as I can remember. So after she got done feeling mine - I asked her about hers.
During the 70's they did not get the little cards that show the style and cc amount like we do. So she doesn't remember what amount of cc's she got, but she has saline, is a full C and they are 31 YEARS OLD!! She does have a slight case of CC on her right side, but other than that - has never had a problem. She also had a horse ranch at that time, so she did not go easy on them!!!
She got them done in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by a plastic surgeon that did all the Playboy Bunny's at that time. I only remember his first name Dr. Duran??? But she says he is still in practice - I guess he mainly oversees the doctors in his practice. He told her that she would never have any problems with them - so I guess he was right.
So I don't know if that is a record - but it is nice to know that they can last that long!!
All my life I always wanted boobs, and growing up with a sister who had the perfect body didn't help. Every day I would ask my mom if they had gotten bigger and everyday she would say no. I finally realized at 16 that my boobs were small and that they weren't going to grow anymore. I had always felt awkward in a bathing suit or in a low cut shirt, convinced that some shirts were just made for people with big boobs. After Moving out to New Jersey from California I decided that I wanted new boobs with my new start. I went to a doctor that my friend recommended to me, I wanted breasts so bad I met with him once and scheduled surgery.
I was so nervous before I went in to the operating room, everyone had told me how happy I was going to be, I was just so scared to be put under. But I soon fell asleep and awoke to severe pain! I woke up in the operating room still on the table and they asked me to slide onto the other bed, I tried to lift myself up with my arms and found them useless, I couldn't believe they asked me to do this after I had just had surgery!!! When I lay back in the recovery room The pain was almost unbearable, they gave me Morphine to help and had me try to go to the bathroom. I had this mean nurse who asked me if it was worth it, Obviously she never had small breasts, I told her not to ask me that as I cried in pain.
As soon as the bandages came off I felt my heart sink, they looked horrible. One was lower and larger than the other. When I asked the doctor about this he said it was just swelling and that they would even out. I cried everyday, I couldn't even wear tight clothing because the size difference was so noticeable. After 2 months and still no change I went to my doctor and demanded he do a corrective surgery, which he reluctantly did and paid for. He tried to say that my breasts started off this way and that it wasn't his fault, but I argued and got another surgery. This time he put in an adjustable implant so we could make it just the right size.
After I awoke from my second surgery I was so relieved that I was in almost no pain, a .5 on the scale. I had only small discomfort and even flew back to California a week later for Thanksgiving. Everything was going great this time I went back every two weeks and got a little bit more fluid put into my breast and It was almost matching the other when I got yet another scare.
I got dressed in the morning and noticed that the breast that had just been replaced wasn't filling out my bra the way it had the night before. Panic ran through my body, The implant had deflated, I couldn't believe it how could one person have such bad luck? I was crying and I called my doctor who had my come in the next day and Sure enough 6 weeks after my second surgery the implant was leaking. I had surgery the very next day.
That third surgery was 5 days ago and everything seems normal, again almost no pain and I was back to work 3 days after. I hope everything goes well with this implant my new motto is third time's a charm!
The worst part about all of this is all of the inconvenience, I had to take off from work and couldn't wear many clothes because of bandages and have wasted so much gas going to my doctors office every week for almost 6 months. I don't regret my decision though and I would recommend the surgery to others, I just had bad luck. I still love them!
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