A blog post about breast implants? How taboo?!
It’s crazy to think I got new boobs over 6 years ago.
I decided to create a post on it because first off, I love to share my experience so others can see what I went through and secondly, I get so many questions about it the whole process. If this post helps one person out I am happy!
Let’s talk about boobs, shall we?
The Ultimate Question: Why did I get breast implants?
I first wanted to get implants back in 2012. I was working out a lot and noticed right away that my boobs were getting smaller and smaller.
At first, I was a full B cup but by the time I was at the weight and fitness level of where I wanted to be, I was a full A cup. I was fit, lean and my boobs were disappearing.
So I made the ultimate decision to go in for a consultation with Dr. Christopher Hess who is an American Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and named one of the best plastic surgeons in Northern Virginia. I had a referral from someone who told me to check him out… so I did.
When I went into my consultation I was so nervous. This was something I really wanted to do but was worried if I was making the right decision.
I went in and the doctor and nurse came in and let me ask a million of questions. Once that was done, they measured me to see how symmetrical I was (apparently I was very symmetrical) and we discussed the next steps. They were incredibly wonderful and I left feeling GREAT!
My next appointment was to talk about the types of implants (silicone vs. saline) and what size I wanted.
What type of implant did I choose?
After lots of questions and doing lots of research, I decided on sub-muscular silicone breast implants which meant placing the silicone implant under the muscle.
This was the choice I went with because it made my breasts look more natural due to being covered by the muscle and breast tissue. I also chose silicone over saline because silicone lasted longer and if for some reason the implant ruptured it would still stay in good form and the saline implant would go flat.
Also, saline has a higher chance of rippling and the implant can be seen/felt more.
What size did I pick?
Since the next appointment was the one where I would try on sizes the doctor told me to bring a sports bra, a white tank top, a fitness top, and any other top that I wanted to try on with the implants. I tried on three different sizes, 325cc, 350cc and 375cc.
I knew that I was supposed to pick one size up from the size I liked due to the implants going under the muscle. This procedure makes them a look little smaller and since I liked how the 325cc implants looked I went with 350cc’s.
This made my full A cup to a full D cup and I still felt like they looked natural.
However, when I was an NPC fitness competitor and lost a lot of body fat you could definitely tell I had implants (see pic below). Once I gained some body fat back, they looked normal again.
Which incision did I choose?
My doctor typically did the incision right under the breast or around the areola. I opted to do the incision under the breast.
The thought of them cutting me open around the nipple freaked me out. EEK!
Below are some other questions I’ve been asked:
**These answers are specifically about me and my experiences
Q: What was recovery after breast implants like?
A: My doctor has a recovery program called “Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation.” This program helped me recover quickly and had me feeling normal in no time.
The first three days are super important as they require you to do certain arm exercises as well as laying down on your breasts for a limited amount of time.
I am not gonna lie to you, I cried when I had to lay down on them during day 2. However, I felt better in no time!
Q: How long do you have to rest before exercising again?
A: If you follow the Rapid Recovery Program you will be back in the gym by day 3 doing light exercises. It takes about a full 6 weeks to get back to normal activity.
Oddly, I remember feeling boob sweat running down my new cleavage for the first time. Hey… we’re all friends here right?
Q: Can you breastfeed?
A: Yes and no. Often times, if women cannot breastfeed it has nothing to do with breast implants.
However, if there is scaring around milk ducts or if the milk ducts get cut during surgery, that can impair breastfeeding. Placing implants under the muscle is a better option for those who want to attempt breastfeeding.
I was able to produce breast milk with both babies.
Q: Will I get my breast implants re-done?
A: Since my breast augmentation in 2013 I’ve had two kids, breastfed a little and pumped a little. So they’ve definitely dropped a little bit but I still love them!
However, I do plan on getting them re-done at some point.
*Note: All of these pictures were taken before I had kids*