As I passed through the six month post-op period, the beach and bikini season began. I have never looked so good in so little clothing before – it’s been a definite boost to my self- esteem. There is still some residual healing to be done. My nipples are more sensitive than they were pre-surgery and I still have a numb sensation in the area directly above the scars. The scars themselves have faded considerably now. At my 6 months check-up the doctor said it can take up to a year for normal sensation to return because of the nerve damage.
My yoga practice is probably around 95% of what it was pre-surgery. Full range of movement took around 5 months to return through the shoulder and pec region, however a few poses will no longer ever be possible. Anything where I need to place my elbows into my chest is now impossible – such as Mayruasana and doing a jump-back from Padmasana. I had no issues regaining my full strength, but there is definitely a different sensation now in my chest when doing pressing or pulling movements (you just have to get used to this being your new normal). Also, I don’t like the tugging sensation that I get in my chest when holding deep arm wrapping movements in twists, so I have modified the way I do poses such as Pasasana and Parivrtta Parsvakonasana.
The only downside has been that I don’t like to lie on my front anymore because of the pressure. It feels like I am lying on two semi-deflated balls, an odd sensation. As I used to always sleep on my front, I’ve had to adapt my sleeping posture, which has taken a long time to get used to. Also, whenever I get a massage now I place rolled up towels above and below my breasts so that I’m not lying directly on them. This works a treat.
There’s been no negative effect on my daily exercise. Running and cycling have always been completely normal since the surgery. At first the high impact bras felt like a corset as I had been used to minimal support when running, and a couple of the styles I bought chaffed me badly. I would suggest trying out a few styles as a bra may feel good in the shop but not after an hour’s intense exercise. I recently started swimming again and I have no awareness of anything awkward or different.
I am very happy with my decision to get implants, and overall I’m very pleased with the result. I’ve had no negative feedback, however I have also told very few people as its not really something that I need to share with others. Although I increased by 2 cup sizes I generally don’t wear revealing clothing so my everyday outward appearance hasn’t changed enough to create comment. When I do decide to wear a low-cut or tight-fitting outfit then I get to enjoy having perky curves and feeling feminine and sexy, which is a new experience for me.
If you are seriously considering having breast augmentation surgery, my advice to you is:
- Find a doctor with an impeccable reputation and preferably one who comes with recommendations from people you trust. It makes sense to pay for the best you can afford in order to reduce your risk of any avoidable complications or botch-ups. All surgeries, both life saving and cosmetic, carry real risks.
- If you are a dedicated yoga practitioner, be aware that your recovery will take longer than 3 months to return to a complete practice, and also that you may need to modify your practice to accommodate your new chest proportions.
- Implants won’t make you a better person but they can be a positive boost to your self- esteem, and in this way they can enhance your overall quality of life. Of course you are so much more than your physical makeup and appearance. However, I believe that if something helps you to feel better about yourself, and it causes no harm to you or any other being, then it has its own intrinsic value – and accordingly other peoples’ opinions and judgements are of no importance.