Although my background is essentially modelling, Pilates and nutrition – I think the most questions I get are about my boobs. Nope, it’s not that I hang around creepsters, I think because I’m so open with the fact that I’ve had a boob job and others, well, aren’t.
I’m all for keeping secrets to yourself but when the hunt for the perfect bra takes months and you’re wondering when you can go back to exercise, then I think I need to share this information with other fellow fakie friends.
Q: The best bras for fake boobs?
When you have plastic boobs you can’t expect them to squish nicely into a bra like your real ones you had beforehand. You’ll notice some underwires are shaped completely different to others so keep in mind your boob shape now mightn’t be the same as it was before.
One surgeon that I saw said he discouraged his clients from wearing pushups bra’s daily because he believed it distorted the implants. To be honest I think it depends who you go to and what their thoughts are on this. I find if I wear a pushup bra then the sensation I get from the top of my implant pushing against the muscle pocket it’s placed feels awful after a few short hours of wear.
I think one thing you need to get over with bras when you have fakies is how they look on the hanger. You really need to try them on because even though it could look like theres enough fabric there to make a tent, it could still look amazing and somewhat skimpy on.
Brands that have been fantastic for me include: Simone Perele, Berlei, Lonely Hearts, Marlies Dekkers and most recently Honey Birdette has started making E-cups. Currently Im sitting at a 10F-12E.
Q: I’m in a shit load of pain and my friends weren’t. Is this normal?
Totes babe. It’s a major change in your body so it’s normal to feel like shit. Keep in mind your body needs to process the anaesthetic as well as any other drugs you’ve consumed for pain. See this as like a detox for the body. Sometimes peoples detox symptoms can be a little more severe than others.
When it comes to pain too, it also varies where your implants have been placed and how your surgeon has performed the procedure. Because mine are under the muscle I did have an awful stretching sensation and heaviness on my chest. For me pain wise I felt terrible, I really needed to take my prescribed meds (panadene forte and valium). I had friends who felt amazing but I just told myself that everyones body is different and I was taking a little longer to heal.
That being said, you’ve hopefully gone to a great surgeon and not overseas *shudders* so any concerns that don’t seem normal should be addressed with your surgeon and the staff at the practice.
Q: How long should I avoid exercising for?
I had 6 full weeks off exercise. I went back to teaching at 3.5 weeks but I couldn’t demonstrate any of the movements. My chest and upper body strength greatly diminished too.
I did very very light walking but honestly I used the 6 weeks as a rest period for my body to focus on repairing and recovering from my surgery rather than recovering from too much physical activity.
Again, this will depend on your surgeons recommendations as to the implant placement and surgery etc, so they *should* give you guidelines. I say should because I know a few don’t. If you’ve gone for a consult with someone who has given you NO information then I would get another consultation with someone who will give you pre-op and post-op guidelines.
Q: So, the no sex thing for 6 weeks…?
I have this vague recollection of being told I couldn’t bang for 6 weeks post op. Unless that was an excuse I told my boyfriend at the time to prevent him getting his creep on? Well, I didn’t really stick to that. I waited a month after but I remember being told you couldn’t do anything where you bounced. So ladies, on top is out. I would say you’re okay to be on the bottom HOWEVER your man can’t lay flat on you and squish them. This hurts! And I remember it happening to me and it felt like my chest was going to break.
LOL actually, I bought these maternity bras to wear 3 weeks after my procedure and I remember having sex with my pink maternity bra on. SEXY!!!
Q: Scars? Are you boobs Vogue worthy or do the scars look like something from a medical textbook?!
Any surgery will come with scars. How they look will depend on a few factors. The first is how you heal. Some people naturally will have keloid scars meaning they are raised. Look at any scars on your body and see how they have healed. Keep in mind that on different body parts could heal differently.
After my operation I also wore tight fitting singlets advised by my surgeon. Oh, also from 3 weeks onwards I wore maternity bras but avoided wearing things that would rub on my suture line.
My scars are about 5cm long and 3mm thick just under my breast where your underwire sits. To be honest you can’t see them. I think my surgeon did an amazing job and I also heal quite well. I will state though if you’re wanting a breast augmentation but are tossing up because you’re going to be left with two little scars on your body – don’t get it. Seriously. Any surgery can actually result in death. It’s pretty rare but yeah, people die from complications from plastic surgery. I should also note I can’t real feel my nipples, that’s another side affect. Though I don’t care because I was so so unhappy beforehand and now I feel 1000 times better about my appearance so 2 little scars and slightly desensitised nipples don’t bother me.