Hey ladies! My name is Gabrielle, and I am 19-years old. I’ve been a serious fitness competitor since I was 17, and I recently dropped 27 pounds getting ready for my show. By dropping that much weight I felt great! My body looked great, and I loved my muscular yet feminine look.
However, the leaner I got, the smaller my chest got and it really started to bother my self-confidence.
My breasts went from a deflated D-cup to a deflated B-cup, and being a girl, I’ve always loved to make my breasts appear as large as possible. So when I saw the drastic change in my breasts, the possibility of breast augmentation started running through my mind.
Saline versus Silicone Breast Implants
I wanted to get my procedure done on my 18th birthday (after my competition), however, I was told that I couldn't get silicone breast implants until I was 21. Especially with how lean I get for shows, I wanted to diminish as much risk of visible rippling, so I waited. But then my mother got a breast augmentation, and it encouraged me to see if there was any possibility that I could get it done sooner than when I turned 21.
I’m a very determined and stubborn person when it comes to something that I want, so in September this year, I contacted a plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada. I live in Canada, and it's about $5000 cheaper to get breast implants in the states—which was another reason why I decided to go to Vegas to get it done.
I was prepared to settle with saline breast implants since I wanted a breast augmentation so badly, so we did a consultation over the phone. During my consultation, we spoke about everything that most plastic surgeons talk about (size, different breast implants, what to expect, etc…) then he mentioned that there was a way for me to get silicone breast implants. That sealed the deal. I was FOR SURE set on getting the breast augmentation surgery done.
So I put my deposit down and dates were set!
My Pre-Op Appointment
During the days leading up to flying out to Las Vegas from Calgary (where I am from) I would be CONSTANTLY looking for Boobie Guides on Instagram and saving them to show my plastic surgeon. When I finally got to meet my plastic surgeon in person, I showed him my pictures and he took my pre-op measurements and pictures.
It was so much fun talking to him about it and just having the feeling of knowing that it was REALLY happening!!
Based on my BWD, he told me the maximum I could go with was 800cc’s. So I started trying on implant sizers with my shirt on to see what size I wanted. It was such a fun experience, and the nurses there were so fun and nice to be around. They made the whole experience a blast!
Based on my pictures and how big I wanted to go, my surgeon suggested 650cc silicone breast implants under the muscle (but 600cc’s on my right breast, as it was that much bigger than my left breast pre op). I went to pick up my prescriptions, and my breast augmentation surgery date was only 2 days away. I just wanted the rest of that Tuesday and Wednesday to fly by!
The Big Day
I had to be at the surgery facility at 8:15 am, and they had me change into a surgery gown, cap, compression socks, do a urine test, and they put the IV in.
I was SO excited!
My plastic surgeon came out, marked my breasts up, and I was on my way to the operation room! All I can remember is my one nurse saying “Okay, you’re going to feel a tingly feeling in your bicep!” and I was out like a light! Next thing you know I woke up and I’m fully clothed with an bandage wrap around my chest.
I was very swollen (my stomach, lips, and breasts), and my chest felt like I had just finished a very heavy chest workout. I vaguely remember talking to nurses and getting clothed after surgery. I expected to be in much more pain, and I stayed in the surgery facility for two hours post surgery.
The First Few Days
For the next few days, my chest felt heavy and swollen; however, I was on top of my medications with the HUGE help of my mom, (we kept a chart to keep track of the times that I took them etc…) and I felt awesome! I was very alert and chipper, just very slow at moving and walking.
So the following day, I got my bandages taken off and was put into a surgical bra. I was VERY VERY swollen, but everything was looking great! My plastic surgeon and the nurses were very shocked that I wasn’t in that much pain.
On Sunday afternoon I was able to go out, walk around, go shopping, and go out to eat with no problems. In the evenings I would get very tired and would doze off when I was on my laptop or even looking on my phone.
Unfortunately I was unable to have a bowel movement for 5 days...
It took two servings of stool softener and a whole liter of prune juice to finally have one. Otherwise, everything was great. I have a very high pain tolerance so maybe that’s why recovery wasn't nearly as bad as I expected.
I saw my plastic surgeon once more before flying back home, and he said things were doing awesome. They clipped the ends of my stitches, put the strips on, and sent me home with a smaller bra. I also had a blister so they sent me home with some antibacterial cream and gauze. I had my flight that evening and that was all fine as well.
Beating the Boobie Blues
After 3 weeks about 2 weeks post-op, I got the Boobie Blues and felt like I should have gone an extra 100cc’s bigger for the look I wanted. However, as everyone constantly reminded me: I needed to be patient. The drop and fluff process changes the appearance of our breast implants drastically, and plus at least they are better than what I had before!
I’m finally seeing the changes in my weekly pictures that they are filling out and starting to settle in. I’m competing again in June, so I’ll be dropping another 20 pounds again. I'm excited to see how they look once I lower my body fat percentage, as I want them to look a certain way when I’m at a lean body fat percentage.
I hate being away from the gym, especially since I was training 6 out 7 days a week. I gained a little bit of body fat, however I know that everything will return back to normal as I get back into a routine. I was cleared to start low intensity cardio that does not involve upper body at my 3 week mark, then to full weight train at the 6 week mark. I didn't rush into anything, as I wanted them to heal properly since it was such a big investment!
My Overall Experience
Overall, my experience was wonderful. I would do it again in a heart beat, and I’ve had so many compliments on my BA through Instagram and those who have seen me in person.
I couldn’t be happier!
Below, I've written some tips for those getting a breast augmentation in the future! I cannot wait to share the rest of my recovery journey with you all! Thanks again to Jenny Eden for the opportunity to share my story!
Tips from Gabrielle
- Baggy clothes is all you’ll need on the day of surgery and the first two weeks post operation.
- Stool softener and prune juice on deck to help with the post operation bloat!
- Bring LOTS of pictures to your consultation, however listen to your plastic surgeon as well. They will know what is best for YOUR body and YOUR measurements. Everyone is different!
- Go with the bigger size. If I had known how different the implant sizers look versus after breast augmentation surgery, I would’ve gone close to the maximum that he was allowing me to do.
- STOP looking at other boobies after you get yours done. That’s what I did and that’s what caused me to be so upset one day. It takes SO much time to settle in and really get to their true size.
- Use a chart to keep track of your medications. That’s how I was able to be in as little pain as possible.
- Driving the first two weeks is really awkward. Shoulder checking, turning, opening the door, and pulling the e-brake. Try to avoid it if you can.
- Sleeping at a 45 degree angle for the first two weeks won’t be easy, but it’ll get better each day. Have a travel pillow for your neck handy!
Please follow my BA account to see my progress from the day after surgery up to today and my fitness/personal account to watch my life with breast implants in the fitness world! DM me on either account if you’d like to chat about anything at all!