I seriously cannot believe that it has been 10 months since Thailand and my breast Augmentation. Where does time go!
I thought it would be a good idea to do piece on how things have travelled thus far, any issues I’ve had and open up the floor to questions other people might have about the process and recover.
As with any self-elective surgery it’s extremely important to do your research and ensure you are well educated to make informed decisions. This has been my experience and I am by no means a healthcare professional.
For the past 10 months I haven’t experienced any ‘issues’ with my recovery, I have been pretty fortunate with the whole process. There are still limitations or areas of improvement that should eventually come with more time.
They say that your boobs can change for up to 18 months before they completely settle and I couldn’t agree more! Mine are still slightly changing and settling into my chest wall and coming a little closer together as time goes on.
I did everything by the book. Like, was an A+ student and listened to my surgeon and did not go back to exercise a single day before I was advised to.
Are my workouts still restricted?
Short answer, no, not really. I am back doing full upper body workouts and have recently joined Crossfit which is quite an intense style of training. I do all of the movements that are required (which I can physically do) which is quite upper body-heavy. Think: press ups, dips, pull-ups, overhead press, jerks, snatches etc.
However, my strength, mobility and confidence is not what is was prior to surgery. Yet.
Due to not training upper body for a full 6 months and having a pretty major surgery that cut through my chest wall, I have lost strength in most upper body movements. I still can’t do a pullup without assistance from a band when before surgery I was repping out sets of 8.
One piece of advice I can give to anyone going through this surgery is to start practicing refining your posture as SOON as your chest allows you to do so. I have noticed my shoulders naturally sit a little more forward / slouched than they used to due to the added weight and inability to pull my shoulders for the first 1 – 2 months after surgery. I have to really focus on realigning my posture at the moment and never had to in the past. Strengthen your back with rows and pulldowns (when you’re able to) should also assist with this.
It took about 6 months for my chest to not feel tight anymore with my arms widespread or above my head.
I do push-ups and sometimes bench press at Crossfit but it feels a little different to what it did before. Strength has decreased and it’s a little uncomfortable considering there is an object behind half of my muscle however, it’s not restricting my ability.
Further, it is SO important to focus on the body part that you are working and to ensure you’re still maintaining proper form. Because you get used to minimising the work from your chest or completely avoiding chest exercises, it’s really easy to get into bad habits of improper form when doing certain exercises that might overload your shoulders (speaking from experience) and lead to injury because you haven’t engaged your chest muscles for so long, other muscle groups try to pick up the slack.
I think the most important thing to do is to really listen to your body. I’m taking it slow and letting my body adjust. It went 24 years without implants so getting used to it might take up to 18 months and I am okay with that because I am in this for the long run.
My training isn’t restricted in the sense that I can DO everything that I did before movement wise, but it has taken a little while to get back into the intensity and strength that I had prior to surgery, but this is something you need to expect.
Confidence / Self-Perception
Am I more confident or see myself differently?
Confidence, absolutely. I feel more feminine, sexy and really over-all confident. I finally have one of the main things that signifies me being a woman and I feel more feminine.
I actually feel like a woman, not a girl.
However, my self-perception has remained relatively the same. I still see myself as the same person and don’t act any differently to how I did prior to having boobs, except being more confident.
Having boobs is fun. Wearing clothes that accentuates your boobs, is fun.
Has the clothing you wear changed?
The clothing that I choose to wear hasn’t changed at all. It may look different now because I have new assets that I didn’t before but the style of clothing has remained the same.
I can wear bras, underwear, dresses, tops and playsuits that used to be SO BIG in the chest area and would literally flap open but I now fill out things that I used to swim in and I feel so much better for it. The choice of clothing hasn’t changed at all but yeah, they do look a little different.
I do have to be a little careful with what I wear because larger boobs will naturally make you look a little bigger. I don’t look ‘big’, but if I wear floaty tops or large dresses, they do hang a little more and aren’t as flattering and can appear baggy.
I haven’t changed what I wear though. My wardrobe has remained the same but I just fit things better. Because let’s face it, retail brands don’t make tops / dresses for those with no boobs.
Do I ever think about Breast Implant Illness (BII)?
I did my research on this and I think it is important to do so in order to make an informed decision.
To be honest, no. I don’t think about it at all. Yes – I know it’s a risk. There are risks with everything in life.
If you research something or go looking for something, you’re going to find it. You can do extensive research on the issue, enough to put you off but you can also find negative articles on how drinking too much water can drown you, or driving a car can cause accidents, or you could be in a plane crash when flying but you don’t let this stop you from doing any of these things.
From studying my Maters in Health Psychology I also know that if you are merely notified about symptoms from an illness, drug or procedure or believe that you are going to get an illness, you are more likely to experience the symptoms or ultimately contract the illness. Essentially, you can think yourself sick. You can also start to attribute normal human sensations to specific diseases or symptoms and notice sensations that give evidence to having the illness and disregard those that oppose it.
I also think speaking with your surgeon or representative about this is important because they deal with 100’s of people a week going through the same surgery or who have been through it without troubles and can provide you with proper facts rather than anecdotes on the internet.
The products have changed so much from what they were even 10 years ago to minimise damage they might be causing to your body so the risks are minimal.
As I’ve said before – make sure you do your research so you know the risks and what you’re getting into but I haven’t thought about it since getting them done.
My experience to date has been relatively seamless. I have eased back into training and haven’t pushed my body any further than it should have been pushed before it was ready which I think is a testament to my recovery.
If you push yourself too soon you are bound to run into troubles. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and I can finally see the finish line!
I am more than happy to answer any more specific questions about Cosmeditour, my experience or Breast Augmentation in general, from my experience.