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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2021, 05:24:02 am »
The quoted text seemed to be implying that animation deformity was exclusively a condition arising from breast reconstruction (or, of course augmentation) rather than something that occurs naturally?

I was able to contract my pectoralis muscles prior to my BA and I was able to lift my breasts a little, maybe about 1/2 inch or so. Prior to my BA, I was wearing a 40 D bra. Today I wear a 42 DD. My picture to the left is before my BA. One of these days I will post a picture of me as I am now.

I thnk that animation deformity is a natural thing, whether or not you have a BA, but becomes much more pronounced with larger breasts.

Having mentioned my experiences, I fully realise that we are all unique and some of us will have an experience similar to mine and others will not.




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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2021, 09:17:18 am »
I was able to contract my pectoralis muscles prior to my BA and I was able to lift my breasts a little, maybe about 1/2 inch or so. Prior to my BA, I was wearing a 40 D bra. Today I wear a 42 DD. My picture to the left is before my BA. One of these days I will post a picture of me as I am now.

I thnk that animation deformity is a natural thing, whether or not you have a BA, but becomes much more pronounced with larger breasts.

Having mentioned my experiences, I fully realise that we are all unique and some of us will have an experience similar to mine and others will not.
Well neither of us are medical experts (well, im not anyway!) but all the articles I’ve read talk about animation deformity as a condition related specifically to sub-pectoral implants so I guess it’s not a natural condition.


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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2021, 05:36:38 pm »
August 15, 2021

@Rakel, @Pammie

First, i want to thank those of you who chimed in with their thoughts and experiences with BA, which is one of the three major operations many of us desire. This is a major decision so approaching it carefully and well informed helps me understand what's best.

I decided to do some further research, confining my observations to surgeon's web sites. What i found was interesting and provides me a few questions to as my surgeon during my office visit.

Some, like my surgeon, mention that they were initially trained to place implants under the muscle, but said that conventional wisdom has changed over time. Many do both under and over, as my surgeon does, but make their decisions based on the individual patient. Larger implants seen to always be placed under the muscle. Sometimes the decision depends on how much breast tissue is present to mask the implant. As one doctor said, there's no one-size fits all.

I'm not going big though.

I've learned a few new questions to ask.

1. You mentioned that you do both under and over the muscle implants. What are the conditions that determine which is best for me?
2. Do i have sufficient breast tissue to avoid capsular contracture (rippling, or visible folds or wrinkles)? I've read that it's best to have a B cup for over the muscle applications.

I'll have more after my office visit.

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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2021, 07:54:58 pm »
September 8, 2021

A Visit to the Boob Fairy

My in-office visit with the BA surgeon was this afternoon. As requested, I brought a sports bra to place sizers under.

We chatted a bit about the surgery and sizes, but when he looked at my breasts, he felt I was probably a B cup, despite that I barely fit in my A cup bras. I guess all things are relative. I tried a number of sizers under my sports bra, and I must say it's a bit of a wonder, trying to decide what looks best. I know some women like to go big but my goal has always been to be bigger than I am without being too large. I was shooting mainly for a full B or a small C cup.

In the end, I felt more comfortable with the 250cc implants which made me larger without being too obvious.

Surgery may be in three months, but unless I can fit it into the Interclub winter break, which goes from mid-November to mid-January, I'll have to postpone until next June. I just don't want to miss playing with the team.

He prefers placing the implants over the muscle, citing research that leans that way, rather than under the muscle which was more common earlier. He believes I can return to playing tennis after four weeks.

we'll see.

Laura
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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2021, 01:02:01 am »
September 8, 2021

A Visit to the Boob Fairy

My in-office visit with the BA surgeon was this afternoon. As requested, I brought a sports bra to place sizers under.

We chatted a bit about the surgery and sizes, but when he looked at my breasts, he felt I was probably a B cup, despite that I barely fit in my A cup bras. I guess all things are relative. I tried a number of sizers under my sports bra, and I must say it's a bit of a wonder, trying to decide what looks best. I know some women like to go big but my goal has always been to be bigger than I am without being too large. I was shooting mainly for a full B or a small C cup.

In the end, I felt more comfortable with the 250cc implants which made me larger without being too obvious.

Surgery may be in three months, but unless I can fit it into the Interclub winter break, which goes from mid-November to mid-January, I'll have to postpone until next June. I just don't want to miss playing with the team.

He prefers placing the implants over the muscle, citing research that leans that way, rather than under the muscle which was more common earlier. He believes I can return to playing tennis after four weeks.

we'll see.

Laura

It sounds to me like you made the right decision.  Going smaller is a good choice for an athletic woman.   I too had an A after three years on HRT, had two consultations, and went for the smaller size of 280-320.  I now have a large B or a small C.  I had an easy recovery, after six weeks of wearing the sports bra 24/7 I was pretty much back to normal.  You will love your new boobs!
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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2021, 05:31:39 am »
Hi Laura,

Good luck scheduling the surgery!

It is great that you are keeping active playing tennis.
With the exercise I've gotten from playing golf my waistline is really thin!

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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #26 on: October 20, 2021, 03:43:53 pm »
October 20, 2021

After not hearing from my surgeon's office about surgery dates, I called them today. Now, I'd been told that surgeries were always backed up about two to three months which was worrisome. My Interclub Tennis league takes a winter break from early November until early January, so I was really hoping for a November date so I could fully recover before the season picks back up...

Indeed, when I called, all the November dates were taken, but I asked the scheduler to check to see if anyone had cancelled or if I could get on a waiting list for cancellations. Fortunately, she did find a cancellation for November 3rd, so grabbed it. The only downside is that I was supposed to play tennis that day....  I hate having to find a substitute for my partner, but given that I'll be fully healed by mid-December will give me time to resume lessons and be ready for our January matches.

And, I'll have my new boobs.

Onward.

Laura
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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2021, 09:14:18 am »
Visiting the Boob Fairy

This is a repost from my blog.

I feel fortunate to have snagged a cancellation in my BA surgeon's schedule. By completing my BA in early November, i should have ample time to recover and be ready when our tennis season resumes in January.

A week before, my surgeon had ordered a COVID test as well as an EKG. They'd also require me to have someone with me who would drive me home and stay overnight in case there were complications. This is where one of my friends stepped to volunteer.

I feel blessed that my partner, Yeng, came into my life, us quickly becoming close friends. Getting to know her other best friends was a wonderful experience, so when one volunteered before even being asked, i felt humbled.

Wednesday morning she picked me up at 5:15am, arriving at the hospital around 6am. After paying my tab and demonstrating that i had a caretaker, they moved me into a pre-surgery room where i donned a gown and waited for a series of people to stop by to review the surgery with me. Around 7:30, they rolled me into the surgery suite where i was quickly sedated, waking up around 9:30am in the recovery room.

I had been cautioned that some people feel severe pain afterwards, which is why i left with a small bottle of Norco. The only pain i've felt the past three days comes from the incision area so i can't determine whether it's the compression bra's  tightness or if it's my body responding to being cut open. Doesn't matter though.

Recovery from BA is quite different than from FFS, but then FFS is a whole suite of incisions and actions. I left the hospital with written instructions about my tasks during each phase of recovery. i'm currently in the first phase, refraining from showering until after the fifth day.

The worst part of recovery is protecting my new boobs so that they settle correctly and don't end up wandering on their own. That's why i can't play tennis, lift weights, or raise my hands above my head.

I must also sleep on my back the first month because side sleeping might cause these ladies to roam from their placement. Now, i've never been a back sleeper and i always feel uncomfortable when trying. Because of this, i've not slept well these first few days. i'm just hoping it gets better because i'm pretty loyal to the doctor's instructions about after care.

i've not seen the girls yet so my first view will happen next Monday when i'm allowed to shower.Currently they look much larger than i wanted, but this is due to the amount of dressings under my bra. i'm pretty curious though.

The best part of recovery have been my good friends. The woman who cared for me the first day, Gayle, was such a gift. I knew little about her history though, so the many hours we spent together included many reveals about each of our lives.

Yeng, my best friend and tennis partner, came over in the afternoon, bringing me egg rolls and noodles she'd picked up from a restaurant. Her other best friend, Celeste, visited me yesterday, again to see how i'm doing. Never have i had this many friends who care about me.  I feel blessed.

As i begin to feel better,  I'll begin taking walks as a form of exercise, moving to our gym's elliptical in a few weeks to improve my endurance and prepare for January's matches.

More after my first follow-up with the surgeon next Tuesday
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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2021, 09:19:02 am »
November 8, 2021

Post-Op, Day Five

It's day five after the surgery so i was finally able to take a shower and see what the girls look like. Overall,  I'd say they're Goldilocks boobs; not too big, not too small, just right.  I'll have to wait about a month for them to "drop and fluff" into their final position, but at least the worst is out of the way.

I've a follow-up appt with the surgeon tomorrow afternoon, so i hope to find the answers to lots of questions.

Laura
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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2021, 09:29:22 am »
November 8, 2021

Post-Op, Day Five

It's day five after the surgery so i was finally able to take a shower and see what the girls look like. Overall,  I'd say they're Goldilocks boobs; not too big, not too small, just right.  I'll have to wait about a month for them to "drop and fluff" into their final position, but at least the worst is out of the way.

I've a follow-up appt with the surgeon tomorrow afternoon, so i hope to find the answers to lots of questions.

Laura
That’s fantastic! So pleased for you! Hope they don’t require a change in serving technique


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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2021, 12:00:01 pm »
@Laura1951
Dear Laura:
I am so very happy to read your good report regarding your BA surgery results. 
I think that there are a few trans-women and some cis-women get BA surgeries and end up too large of a size that is not proportional to their body. 
I loved your expression regarding the size that you got... "Goldilocks" ....  just right for sure!!!

I also really like the comment reply from @Pammie ....
That’s fantastic! So pleased for you! Hope they don’t require a change in serving technique
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Thank you for sharing your BA journey with all of us.
Please keep the updates coming.
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November 8, 2021

Post-Op, Day Five

It's day five after the surgery so i was finally able to take a shower and see what the girls look like. Overall,  I'd say they're Goldilocks boobs; not too big, not too small, just right.  I'll have to wait about a month for them to "drop and fluff" into their final position, but at least the worst is out of the way.

I've a follow-up appt with the surgeon tomorrow afternoon, so i hope to find the answers to lots of questions.

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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2021, 02:21:15 pm »
November 10, 2021

One Week Surgery Follow-Up

I traveled out of town for my one-week follow-up with the surgeon yesterday and i came armed with plenty of questions about when i'll be able to do a variety of things. It's hard enough not to play tennis for four to six weeks, but at least i'd like to stay in shape for when I do. I was happy when he told me that I can play after four weeks.

The surgeon is pleased with my progress as am i.  When we met several months ago, i had settled on the smallest implants, 250cc which would probably take me up one cup size. Part of me was concerned about going big and standing out too much, but mostly i just wanted to be larger so a B cup is just fine.

When i see myself in front of the mirror, it's obvious i'm larger than I was, which is all i ever wanted. I won't really know where i fall cup size until i go in for sizing after the girls drop and fluff.  I'm not in a hurry.

When i met the surgeon in the pre-surgery room, i told him it would be ok to increase the size up to 300 if he felt that looked better. During surgery, after he created the pocket for the implants and experimented with different sizes, he felt the 250cc looked best for my right breast and 275cc looked best for my left. He mentioned that the nurses were encouraging him to go bigger (which made both of us laugh), but since he knew my wishes and my body, he felt these sizes were best for my body.

And I'm perfectly happy with his decision.

Beginning today, i'm able to walk long distances, but must refrain from running or using the eliptical until the three-week mark. I am allowed to begin using my five and eight pound hand weights for arm strengthening exercises which pleases me since tennis requires a fair amount of upper body strength.

I'm allowed to sleep on my side now (thank goodness because i wasn't getting any sleep on my back). As long as i continue to wear either the compression bra or a sports bra 24/7, i'm good.

yes, i am... I love the new girls.

Onward

Laura
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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2021, 10:06:22 am »
November 28, 2021

Three Week Update
Last Wednesday, on the third-week anniversary of my BA, i was allowed to begin using the elliptical at the club for exercise. Until then, i was only allowed to walk which i did but found that not only does it not get my breathing and heart rate going, the constant beat of quickly walking made my knees complain. Oh, the joys of getting older. The elliptical, though, was a joy and something i'll continue doing to get back in shape.

When i reach the four week mark this Wednesday, i'm allowed to begin playing tennis and to start wearing regular bras instead of the compression bras i've been wearing 24/7. Believe me that the tightness of these are often very uncomfortable.

Bra Shopping
I've been looking forward to this for weeks, so on Black Friday i trekked over to the Victoria Secret at our local mall.  Yes, that wasn't  the best to go shopping, but Macy's had a sale on wool coats so i stopped there and found a wonderful, knee-length coat for a great price. Walking over to VS, i was required to wait in line outside the store because of the crowds. (Oh, the line to pay for goods snaked all through the store, reminding me of the lines at Disneyland.)

Once inside the store, i found the bra section and asked for help getting measured and shopping for wireless bras. The sales people were wonderful and patient, making this first-time shopper feel at ease. In the end, i'm a 38B as anticipated, although i felt more comfortable with the 38C bras in the wireless line. Oh, i'm NOT a C, which is just fine with me. I DID get a 38C push-up bra which looks marvelous, though.

In all, a good experience. In six to eight months, after the scars have completely healed, i'll return to find some wired bras.

Laura
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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2021, 10:50:38 am »
@Laura1951
Dear Laura:
Very exciting and certainly gratifying times for you regarding your healing progress after your BA surgery.
Ahhhh … bra shopping and bra fitting… very happy times for sure. 

Personally, I am not surprised about your size preference… 38B versus 38C  … different bra styles can vary in their fit plus    there are times that your breasts may be “fuller” for a lot of reasons including water retention especially in warmer temperatures.

I have a variety of bra sizes 38B, 38C and even a 36B and 36C …. Just about all are underwire foam cups.

Thank you for your sharing, and posting.

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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #34 on: November 28, 2021, 02:20:04 pm »
Congrats on getting them done!!
Definitely would avoid push ups for a while after surgery. Don't want to cause harm.
I'm finally more than a year post BA and settled at a 34C.
Scars did not completely go though. I expected the results, and I'm very happy with the whole process and how they make me feel in myself now, actually I never really think of em atall.
But that's a very good sign!
Good luck in all the rest of your healing journey!!



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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #35 on: November 28, 2021, 02:28:07 pm »
Congrats on getting them done!!
Definitely would avoid push ups for a while after surgery. Don't want to cause harm.
I'm finally more than a year post BA and settled at a 34C.
Scars did not completely go though. I expected the results, and I'm very happy with the whole process and how they make me feel in myself now, actually I never really think of em atall.
But that's a very good sign!
Good luck in all the rest of your healing journey!!

Thanks for sharing, @Rachel_Christina. This certainly was the easiest procedure so far, but while I've missed working out and playing tennis the past month, it was more important to be a good girl. In all, I love the girls and am looking forward to them dropping and fluffing. Today, I tried on one of my tops with my new bra and loved the look.  So glad you're loving your new look too.

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Re: Laura's BA Journey
« Reply #36 on: November 28, 2021, 02:31:17 pm »
"Goldilocks boobs" made me chuckle.

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« Reply #37 on: November 28, 2021, 03:13:52 pm »
"Goldilocks boobs" made me chuckle.

Anytime I can make someone smile or laugh, @OldAndCreaky, I know I've been successful. Not everyone gets my humor, which tends to be topical and dry, but when I hear one person chuckle a few beats after I say something, I know my humor has hit its target...

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« Reply #38 on: November 28, 2021, 04:31:52 pm »
Not only did I chuckle, I followed that with a smile for the boobs that are just right.

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