I can’t believe it has already been 7 weeks since my breast augmentation. I’ve been very open about my experience with this surgery so I wanted to pop in today to share an update with you all. Since my surgery back in February I have been seeing Dr. Steely on a pretty regular basis so he can assess my healing. So far everything has been going perfectly and I am so glad I decided to get this procedure done! Here is my breast augmentation update post op weeks 1-7!
Post Op Weeks 1-2
I had my first follow up with Dr. Steely the Monday following my surgery. At my first follow up appointment he took a look at my chest and said everything looked perfect. I was still extremely numb, especially where the incision was made. He assured me that this was completely normal and said it could take weeks, or even months to regain sensation.
It was also time for me to start the post op breast massages, so we went over the technique he wanted me to use. I was still pretty sore from surgery, and the thought of having to massage my boobs terrified me. After he showed me how to do each exercise I realized that it really wasn’t that bad. Dr. Steely emphasized the importance of the massages and told me to do them three times a day counting Mississippily. This is the first thing I thought of:
Any Friends fans out there?! Ok, I digress.
The goal is to keep the pocket he created open by pushing the implant up during the massage. This will help create a natural looking finished product. He told me that he still wanted me in a sports bra morning, noon and night, only removing it to shower. He said I could go buy some more sports bras to wear, as long as they were similar to the one he gave me post surgery. We scheduled me next follow up visit for the following Friday.
At my second follow up appointment (just over two weeks post op) we removed my sutures. I was really nervous about this part, but it didn’t hurt at all. Because I was still pretty numb around the incision area I didn’t feel much when he removed them, just a slight tugging sensation. After my sutures were removed we went over the massage technique one more time and chatted about scar gel. He recommended that I use a silicone based gel and apply it twice a day, morning and night. I opted for Scar Away and it has been working great for me!
Dr. Steely also approved me for some LISS (low intensity stead state) cardio. He told me that my definition of cardio is likely much different than others and stressed that I don’t go too crazy (he knows me well!). He wanted to see me again 3 weeks later for another follow up appointment.
Because I was able to do some light cardio, I headed to the gym the next day. I decided to do some light cardio on the stair master instead of walking on the treadmill.
I ended up doing 40 minutes on the stairs and it felt good to sweat! I hadn’t been on the StairMaster in over a year, so it was a nice change from the treadmill. I was careful not to hang on to the railings much because I didn’t want to engage my chest at all. Plus, you really shouldn’t use the railings much if you’re on the StairMaster anyways.
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I left the gym feeling refreshed and sweaty!
Takeaway From Weeks 1-2
I wouldn’t say that I was in ‘pain’ after surgery…I think sore is a better word to describe how I was feeling. But I had pain medication to help take the edge off.
I was pretty sore the first week with limited range of motion. Driving my car felt a little weird because I could feel the sides of my boobs which was new to me because they were so small before. My implants were still sitting very high and felt very hard and tight.
Opening bottles, heavy doors and pumping soap felt strange. I had to ask for help doing tasks like opening tight screw top bottles and getting things off of shelves. I also had trouble getting comfortable in bed at night because I was sleeping on my back.
Post Op Weeks 3-4
To be 100% honest, I was really, really lazy during weeks 3-4. Even though Dr. Steely had cleared me to do some light cardio, I only went to the gym a handful of times. I find LISS cardio to be extremely boring, so I had no desire to do it. Dr. Steely had also told me that my swelling was mostly gone so I could get sized for a bra if I wanted to. Because my shape and size wouldn’t change much going forward, he felt confident that I would be able to get sized properly. I decided to hold off on going to get sized for a few more weeks because I was super comfortable wearing sports bras.
One thing I did do during weeks 3-4 was register my implants on Mentor’s website. I used the serial numbers listed on the card pictured above. It’s super important that you hang on to this card if you ever get implants. After I registered mine I put it in our fireproof safe along with our passports, birth certificates etc. for safe keeping.
Takeaway From Weeks 3-4
We’ll label weeks 3-4 the weeks of hypersensitivity! I was super sensitive, so sensitive that taking a shower was uncomfortable, but manageable. But thankfully my range of motion was significantly better compared to weeks 1 and 2. My implants still felt tight, but not as much at the first two weeks. Thanks to the daily massages, they dropped and softened up a bit. Lifting anything that weighed more than a gallon of water was still off limits for me, so I was still asking for help unloading groceries etc.
I was able to get more comfortable when it was time for bed thanks to a body pillow. I was still sleeping on my back at this point, so placing a body pillow under my knees helped my lower back feel better. My doctor didn’t tell me that I had to continue sleeping on my back, but at this point I couldn’t imagine sleeping on my sides.
Post Op Weeks 5-7
My third follow up appointment occurred right around the 5 week post op mark. Dr. Steely checked me out and said that everything was looking great. He asked if I was still doing my massages and using my scar cream as directed. I was happy to report that I have been religious about doing both. My scars also looked exactly how they should at the 5 week mark. We snapped a few pictures for his files and he also let me look at my before pictures. I didn’t realize how big of a difference there was until I compared my before and afters!
After we snapped some pictures and reviewed previous ones I
asked begged to be cleared for more activity. I was super happy to hear that I would be allowed to run at around the 6 week mark as long as I had a really good supportive sports bra. I was also cleared to do weighted lower body exercises! This put a fire under my butt and I decided to go to Top Drawer Lingerie the following week to get sized and pick up a max support sports bra.
Dr. Steely made it very clear that I needed to be sized by someone who knew what they were doing. He stressed that I shouldn’t go to Victoria’s Secret because a lot of the time they size people incorrectly. He highly recommended that I go to Top Drawer Lingerie and tell them that I am one of his patients. I’m super glad I went there because they knew exactly what type of bra he wants his patients to be in after a breast augmentation.
My bra size before was a 34B and I left the store with this Simone Perele bra in black that is a 32D that fits like a 32DD in other brands. Women get so caught up on cup size and automatically assume that a D cup is MASSIVE. That is not the case. It all depends on the woman and her body type!
In addition to a regular underwire bra, I also purchased this panache sports bra. It’s super supportive and exactly what I needed to be wearing when I run. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, I also picked up a few of these Women’s Power Shape™ MAX High Support Front-Close Sports Bra’s by C9 Champion at Target.
Takeaway From Weeks 5-7
My range of motion almost feels like it’s back to normal. Every day movements (driving, opening doors, bottles, pumping soap) all feel normal for the most part. The hypersensitivity I was experiencing before has subsided a bit, but not 100%.
I transitioned to sleeping on my sides at around the 5 week post op mark. My implants have dropped quite a bit compared to the day after surgery. They have also softened up significantly and are feeling more and more natural. I noticed that my right side is dropping at a different rate compared to my left. Dr. Steely assured me that this is completely normal and they will catch up to each other.
As far as workouts are concerned, I am listening to my body. I’ve been to 4 Orangetheory Classes so far and have felt great. I can’t do any direct chest related exercises or use the water rower, so I modify as needed. I have also gone to the YMCA to do leg and glute focused workouts.
I am still doing my massages 3 times a day and applying scar cream religiously. I go back for another follow up appointment on April 10th! Overall the recovery period has been an absolute breeze! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!