Last week while getting dressed, I noticed that one of my breasts suddenly felt different. It was softer than it had been. I looked in the mirror and knew right away what had happened. The implant in my left breast ruptured and was slowly leaking saline into my body.
I called my OB for a recommendation on a plastic surgeon. The name they gave me wasn't listed in the phone directory of the practice they told me to call. So I called the surgeon who had put the implant in in the midwest in 1994. His assistant pulled my files and called me later in the day after talking to the surgeon. He knew a surgeon who was good in my area but had recently retired, so he gave me the number of a surgeon who specializes in pediatric cranio-facial surgeries but who should be able to refer me to someone who would do a good job. Interestingly, that surgeon had removed the sebaceous nevus from the lowercase' head a few years ago, so we already knew them. His assistant said that he would be more than willing to do the surgery for me and that he could squeeze me in about 3 weeks faster than his practice was currently scheduling.
I have a pre-op consult scheduled for July 14. In the meantime, I have to live with the deflated balloon inside my body... and a chest that is DRASTICALLY lopsided. Which is kind of funny. I had the surgery shortly before my 17th birthday so that I would never be lopsided like this again -- and now I'm even MORE lopsided than I was then! (At that point I was a full B on one side, about an A on the other; my chest is now MUCH larger than that)
Now, this is why I say Oprah is right. She's had a few episodes where she talks about how American women are wearing the wrong bra size and the need to be professionally fitted. Since I have this issue right now, I decided that I needed to get a good sturdy bra, one that was structured enough to give the illusion that both sides were the same as well as some good pads/"chicken cutlets" to fill in the extra space.
About a year ago, I was measured at a Victoria's Secret. The woman there swore that I needed a 38C. Of course, it didn't fit. At all. So I just kept trying things on until something felt right. I ended up buying a lot of 34DD bras. Oh, how wrong I was on my size!! It turns out that I'm actually a 32 band -- something that shocked me to find out, though prior to pregnancy I was a 32C. Post-baby I am a 32G. I have never had a bra feel as good as this bra does. It is beyond comfortable. I look thinner, though I have no idea how that's possible. There just aren't any bulges around the bra anywhere.
I don't agree with a lot of what Oprah says, but in this instance? Listen to the woman! Get yourself fitted if you haven't already because the difference is UNREAL!