Next month it will be 3 years since I had my breast implant surgery. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. But writing the blog post on bras and bra shopping just reminded me how I felt before and made me stop and think about things again. I know there are women considering it or just those that are curious about the process or morbid curiosity about the nitty gritty like do they feel real etc. So I thought I would give people a chance to ask any questions they might have. You can ask anything I am thick skinned and not easily offended. So anything goes, except details of my sex life, sorry that is private 😉
I remember looking for real women’s experiences before I had my op and it was not that easy to find and the questions I had were not always answered.
So over to you breastfeeding, sensation, shape, the op, what kind of implants, how I explained it to my kids etc ask anything. If you want to ask anonymously then just email me and I will put the question and answer up without mentioning your name firstname.lastname@example.org
I am going to answer up here so everyone can see what has been asked and answered so far
How much did it cost? R21 000 3 years ago
How did you find the surgeon? A friend’s work colleague’s wife had used this Dr and was full of praises so I went with a personal recommendation.
How sore was it and how long did it take to recover? It was pretty sore at the time. But they give you pain meds and sleeping tablets, you are a bit out of it for the first day or 2. I thought my Dr was evil as they gave you excersises to do as soon as you woke up and as often as you could manage while you recovered but at least every hour. At first they made me want to pass out but the more you did it the better it got. Helps to prevent contracture and to get blood supply going to the area to promote healing. I could drive in a week and although I had to be careful with lifting heavy stuff, I was back to doing most things within 2 weeks.
Does the breast feel any different to when you did not have implants? Yes it does feel different, I have boobs LOL, before I had nothing I was flat chested. Now they feel squashy and boob like I guess.
Does it feel artificial on touch? They can at times be a bit colder than the rest of me, but not a lot, my bum also feels the cold and I have no implants there 😉 They feel softer and bouncier now after breast feeding.
Do you know if one can do High Impact exercises with breast implants? I am not 100% sure but I have been running, you just need a very good sports bra and I often double up with 2 bras and a sports top
Do the implants last forever or would they at some stage in future need replacing? This seems to depend, some people replace them or get bigger one and some have had them 25+ years, so I guess I will wait and see.
Was breastfeeding very different with implants? Yes it was, I got engorged quicker as there was less space for them to expand. Titus did not latch well but not sure if that was him or the breast shape but with the help of a lactation consultant we got it right and are still going strong 17 months later.
What kind of implants did you get? Silicone, the Drs prefer them as they are softer. Saline gets very hard and cold. The Dr was very honest and we chatted about the options and risks and I was happy with the choice.
And… can I have a feel? Kidding of course, but only because I’m far, far away. Tanya next time you visit CT of course you can 😉
Which is better: Silicone or Saline? This is hard to answer as I only have experience of one. Saline is harder, less natural feeling and colder and they deflate instantly. Silicone is softer and more like a normal breast. They do not deflate if the rupture but leak more slowly the concern can be that they are not absorbed by the body if they do rupture but need to be ‘cleaned’up
Is there even a remote possibility of loss of sensation? Yes there is always a chance, it was one of the things I was a bit worried about but it depends on how they do the incision. Mine is not around the nipple it is under the fold of the breast. I have a small scar on each side but this does not bother me as the nipples were never affected and so no loss of sensation.
I so want to have a feel when I see you soon. Will that be OK? Of course
Did you you get them under or over the muscle? Under the muscle as I wanted to be sure that if I ever had more kids that it would not interfere with the chances of me being able to breast feed. I think it also feels more natural as you feel the muscle and not the implants.