Saturday, March 19, 2011

24 Hours down now time for the Unveiling

So yesterdays surgery went extremely well. I even tolerated the car ride home with all the bumps and pot holes. A few hours after I got home i started to feel like crap. Pain set in and even some nausea. I took a Zofran and that did the trick. I also took some Oxycontin and Dilaudid and was in and out of sleep for the rest of the night. Woke up this morning feeling much better. Slight pain but I have been up for about 4 hours and still haven't taken anything besides two tylenol due to the headache I have. I am sure later on today I will end up popping a pill but for now I am OK :) My only complaint as of right now is the constant itching I have been doing due o the local Lidocaine pump they sent me home with. I still remember after my mastectomy having the same problem with the intense itching. I had not gotten to see my Foobs till an hour ago because they had to stay covered for the first 24 hours. I have to say I think they look amazing!!!!! I know they are swollen right now but I am so happy with what they look at after 24 hours. They are not really even bruised! Of course you know me so Pictures are to follow :) As of right now I compiled a little list of things I can and can not do, it's small but at least it may help a little
things I can do on my own
brush teeth
walk upstairs
go to bathroom
survive a car ride
put up hair into bun
get on/off couch
empty drains
change dressings
lift arms about 120 degrees

things I can not do yet
lift anything >5pds
Have a BM
Sleep flat
Sleep in a bed

sure I will think of more later on... ok with out further a do MY PICTURES!
Lidocaine Pump and Drains
Last expander picture Prior to Exchange

1 DAy Post Op
After Exchange with Allergan 410 Implants

Left Breast 1 day Post op

Right Breast 1 day post op

Diagonal View of Right Side

Diagonal View of Left side

Thank You Dr. Buinewicz! 
Best Surgeon Ever! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oh emm gee!

Oh my goodness! It's down to the wire now and surgery is less than a week away. 6:30am this coming Friday March 18th I will be undergoing my EXCHANGE SURGERY!!!  I am a little late in updating but Tuesday the 1st of March I went to my "Pre Op visit" at my PS. I thought I was all done my fills but Dr. B surprised me and wanted to fill my left side ( the problem one) one last time to match the size of my right, give or take 20ccs. So he filled me up 60cc's on my left. This is the first time Brian didn't come with me since I figured this would be a quick appointment so I had to drive my self back home the 45 min drive in traffic, ugh. For the next couple of days I was so uncomfortable at work. I had a few extra pain meds left so once a day I would take a little something to ease the discomfort. By Friday I was good as new again! Funny little story I want to share with you all. Brian's mom was throwing a fundraiser for her local hospital's cancer center the next night. Months before I had picked out a dress I already owned for the event. When I tried it back on at the end of February my boobs wouldn't fit in it! You girls know what I am talking about when it is impossible to push your boobs in because they are like cannon balls! Brian's mom took me out dress shopping and we found a dress that fit and looked great on  me. Gotta love SEARS $30 later I had a new dress! Little did I know that Dr. B had this surprise up his sleeve of filling me again though! I was worried after my fill the NEW dress wouldn't fit either. I tried it on and a sigh of relief later I was still OK. Guess I should of walked around a little in it  first, because come the night at the party all my dress wanted to do was give people a nippeless peepshow from left field lol. All night long I was continuously pulling up the dress on the left side because I couldn't feel it sliding down (numbness still) at one point and after quite a few beers I hear Brian's brother shout out "Yo Nips!" oops I was almost totally exposed on my left side! I have no shame I just pulled it on up again and kept right on dancing :) So back to my Pre Op Visit My PS told me that give or take some cc's on the eft or right that he had filled me up to about 500ccs. My new implants will be about 400-450 ccs which will leave me with a large Bcup. I am ok with not being big, I am too small for the boobs that I used to have which were a large Ccup. So there you have it I will post some pics below but these also were from the 1st week of March after my last fill. And here is a picture of  me in my Dress too :)
And here are my last pictures before my EXCHANGE SURGERY!!!!

11 weeks and 15 weeks Post op Final Fill
Right breast 15 weeks Post op
Left Breast 11 weeks Post op
My Scars are Fading away so much!
Look How shiny my left side is, due to being so tightly stretched
Almost there!!!
Bottom shot
Top shot/ My left side is flat as a shelf on the top!
Left Scar 11 weeks
Right Scar 15 weeks

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Allergan 410 Implants

Surgery is only 12 days away now and I figured I should tell you all what type of implant I chose. I chose to be a part of a clinical trial by using the Allergan 410's. These are not approved by the FDA yet but only because there is not enough clinical information to back them up.

 Here is a little insert that I copied and pasted that I found online:

Cohesive breast implants*, otherwise known as The Inamed Style 410 Implant were invented in the early 1990s, and have been used throughout the world for about 10 years. These implants were originally created with two purposes in mind: First, to make a longer- lasting implant, and second, to make an implant that would maintain a more attractive and predictable shape.
The goal in maintaining the natural shape of the breast is achieved in two distinct ways. Most importantly, it is achieved by making the gel more cohesive or firm, so that it is less liquid-like and more solid than other silicone gel implants. For this reason, they are also known as the “gummy bear implants”. If a cohesive implant is cut in half, there is no gross movement of gel, and the implant maintains its shape. 

That means that in any position, the implant maintains its profile and should not fold, which in turn allows it to maintain a particular shape. Secondly, maintaining the natural shape of the breast is achieved by the unique tear drop shape that the cohesive breast implant anatomically mirrors. A breast projects more at the bottom than at the top. Therefore, it makes sense for an implant to be shaped that way. The thinner the implant is at the top, the more gradually and naturally it will feather into the upper chest, making itself less conspicuous. As these uniquely designed implants are currently not FDA approved,  The trials are open to patients seeking a first time augmentation, a revision of a breast augmentation, or breast reconstruction following mastectomy