by Kristen Bagwell
Just over a month ago, I wrote a post about the Girls - yes, those girls - and how I am debating getting a bit of a lift, if you will.
Refresher: I have been a "barely A" for as long as I can remember. I actually loved being pregnant because I fully filled a size B bra for the first time in my life. I loved my shape while pregnant, and after my kids were born, the weight loss was very deflating to my ego. (Get it? ha ha) After kid number two, I decided it was time for drastic measures.
Answer: This is a surgical procedure, so it's not going to be pain-free. However, during my final pre-consultation appointment yesterday, I learned that some doctors actually insert pain pumps that automatically time-release meds right at the source, reducing the need for narcotics. Narcotics have historically made me sick to my stomach, so this seems like a great alternative. The nurses also recommend doing stretching exercises the same day of the surgery, and encourage walking at least 30 minutes per day for two weeks after the procedure and beyond.
How long will it take them to settle in so I don't look like I am wearing a life preserver?
Answer: Every body is different, and if your goal is to look "natural" then most doctors will make every effort to meet that requirement. Generally, though, it can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months to get things settled into their "normal" area. This is why many women elect to have this type of procedure during winter months.
As I age, will they move with me, or will I look like an idiot with a perky chest and saggy everything else?
Answer: This, evidently, depends on how the augmentation is done in the first place. One doctor advised me that he is not in the business of giving women over-sized bustlines so if I wanted something other than what nature could potentially have provided (based on my body size and shape), I'd need to go elsewhere. If the implants start off looking not-quite-real, they will likely age that way. If they are done in a way that looks reasonably "normal" then they will continue to do so unless something drastic changes with your health and weight.
Will I regret it?
Ah, the question that only I can answer...I think if I take the doctors' and nurses' advice, and make sure I have a plan to maintain my current weight and fitness levels, I have nothing to lose. (Overly rational, no? And perhaps a bit optimistic!) With that said, I've finally decided that regret is something I am charge of, so I can choose to learn from the experience, good or bad...If I can get brave enough to go there!
In a nutshell: I am ready! I think. One more doctor appointment to go, and then the big decision...