Laurel Shares Her Story: From Double A's to Double D's

A Note from Eden: This is a guest post from one of my amazing friends on Instagram. Her name is Laurel, and I can't wait for you to hear her story!

A Little Background

Getting a breast augmentation surgery was something I had always wanted to do. As a teenager, I was constantly disappointed that I never woke up one morning as the voluptuous babe I envisioned myself as being. I have always been very narrow framed and athletically built, so my smaller upper half (34AA-34A, at best) wasn’t totally disproportionate with the rest of my body, and for a while, I made do with what I didn’t have... “Boob tricks,” as I often referred to them as. Bronzer down the middle of my chest, padded bras, a padded bra with a sports bra overtop (creates nice cleavage!).

You name it, I tried it.

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I had my son when I was 20-years old and made the decision to breastfeed him, which we were successful in doing until I weaned him at 15 months old. Fast forward a year (I am now 22) and my boobs had become saggy, deflated, bags of sand (at least that is what they felt like to me)…literally, nothing but loose, sagged skin.

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I couldn’t go bra shopping because nothing fit correctly, or at all (which was beyond depressing, not to mention frustrating) as I had little to no tissue to fill the cups. I finally found a bra at Charlotte Rousse with a sufficient amount…okay, a TON, of padding that pushed up what little I had and from a side view, looked like a normal breast.

I wore this bra almost every day for 2 years (Yes, I washed it!)

But this is no exaggeration whatsoever. This became so depressing that I promised myself boobs in the near future (at this point, it had been something I had been seriously considering for over two years).

Pre-Op

I have always been great about managing my money and have been fortunate enough to have a career where I am able to save a decent amount, so paying for the procedure was never a concern of mine.

The stress of finding a doctor is what held me back...

Along with the other common hesitations which accompanied the overall procedure. I began scheduling consultations in January 2014, which was a very exciting step in the right direction.

I met with one plastic surgeon, who I liked, but didn’t love. I felt like he was trying to sell me timeshare in a very hurried fashion, and his nurse was a little rude. Considering the consult is the plastic surgeon’s opportunity to sell themselves and win you over, I was less than satisfied, so I left with my quote, and a side order of discouragement.

The next plastic surgeon I was scheduled to see was in February 2014. I met with Dr. Navin Singh, who pretty much had me sold the second I walked in the door. He was very calm, cool, collected, funny, personable and world-renowned, which didn’t hurt. His prices were cheaper, ($1,000 cheaper!) his nurses were phenomenal and made you feel as though you were their only patient. I scheduled my surgery that very day for March 21st (a little over a month away at the time) and paid my first down payment.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Day

It was not until the morning of the breast surgery that I decided on my cc’s and profile type, as I had gone back and forth between these two components several times. Ultimately, with the guidance of my plastic surgeon (who had provided, as he advised the night before breast surgery, “a buffet of breast implants” for me to choose from, despite two pre-op appointments trying on sizers…I am very indecisive), I chose an Ultra High Profile, 590ccs, Silicone Mentor memory gel breast implants.

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The breast implants were placed submuscular with an inframammary (under the breast) incision using the “no-touch” technique with Singh’s Keller Funnel (think, cake-icing dispenser), a surgical device for placement of silicone gel breast implants that Dr. Singh has patented.

The breast implants surgery was quick (less than an hour and a half) and easy (the 2 hour ride home was painful, I will admit to that), as was recovery.

Recovery

Post-op I took Arnica Montana the evening before, and also used the cream to aid/prevent bruising, which I am happy to report, I experienced none of.

Day of breast surgery, and the two days to follow were a little foggy. I wasn’t in a world of pain, but took my pain medication pretty much every four hours to the minute along with other natural remedies and herbs to aid in healing. By the fourth day post-op I was out shopping and loving my new additions!

Complications

I have had some issues along the way, like numbness, some pain (nerve-related due to the sub-muscular placement) and currently am dealing with capsular contracture in my left breast. My right breast has dropped/fluffed much more than my left, which was still sitting high and a bit more firm at my 3-month postop visit.

I immediately began a strict regime of BiSecret, an herbal treatment to naturally cure CC, amongst other things. I also started taking turmeric supplements, vitamin E and using some various lotions to help soften scar tissue. It has been a long, at times slightly painful process, but I do notice slight changes every day.

My doctor offered to remove the capsule and the implant and replace with a new one, at no cost aside from anesthesia AND the implant, so a grand total of around $1300 or so. To me, this is not “no cost.” I wanted to try and heal my body naturally and so far am glad I opted to do so.

The CC is very hard to notice to those that do not know, but I detected it at about 4 weeks post op so was not shocked to discover that my fears were true. Despite the development of CC, I am still very happy with my breast implants and am glad I had the surgery. My confidence has never been the same, and I have had several people tell me this (even those who don’t know I have breast implants). ☺

I never realized how many aspects of my life were impacted by my hindered self-esteem caused by my horrible breasts.

I would recommend breast augmentation to anyone who dislikes their body because of their breasts. It’s a safe procedure, and pending on your pre-op and post-op routine, is a relatively quick recovery period. I went from a 34A/AA-34DD and while I'm dealing with some capsular contracture in my left breast, I still love my girls and am happy to share my story!