In 2010, I lost 50lbs. With a weight loss such as this, my boobs hit the ground. I had never had any intention of getting a breast augmentation before, despite working and loving the beauty industry. I preferred a more natural look for myself. However, when facing the choice of the condition of my breasts after the weight loss, I decided to go with breast augmentation.
I am a huge advocate for plastic surgery when well researched. When I decided to undergo breast augmentation and mastopexy in October 2013, I spent three months just interviewing surgeons in order to choose the one that best suited my needs. This included what they had to offer me in terms the quality and craftsmanship of their work. It was also important to me to understand all my options and what kind of guarantees these surgeons had on their work in case of an issue with the implants later down the line.
After those three months of consultations with the top plastic surgeons of the DMV, comparing quotes and professional recommendations for my body, I chose a cosmetic plastic surgeon in Reston. Over the course of 5 more months, I met with the surgeon to be fitted for the size. The recommended size based on my height and shoulder width was 300 ccs. When the test implants were placed under my shirt, I knew immediately it was way bigger than I was comfortable with. The surgeon recommended I do the “Bag O’ Rice” test with different sizes within my width bracket. This meant I would test at home with the appropriately measured out rice in a ziplock bag and put that in my bra. Eventually, I settled on 213 ccs. This was just enough to give me a little more to my breast but not enough that I felt it looked disproportionately large.
As I was in the process of deciding the brand and size of the implant that I wanted, I talked to several women that I knew had implants about their choices and why they chose them. I was shocked to discover that every woman I had spoken to had not known the brand or size they had chosen for their bodies. For me, it felt like such a big decision to choose to have something foreign become a part of my body that the thought of others being unaware of it was completely mind-boggling.
The results of the surgery were better than I had expected. The conservative size made it so that anyone that hadn’t known I was getting the surgery were none the wiser and those that felt my breasts afterward could not feel or see the difference. The choice of a cosmetic surgeon also made sure that my scarring was minimal, and now, hardly visible.
My implants, despite having serial numbers, I feel are a part of my body and I love them!