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Danielle's Breast Augmentation Testimonial

"I could not be more pleased with the results"

I had breast augmentation when I was 25 years old, 5'8" tall and weighed 135 pounds. My breast size was a 34A before surgery but I am now a full 34C.

I spent hours looking at before and after photos and trying to educate myself on various surgical techniques. I decided to schedule a consultation with my friend's surgeon but was able to meet with a new physician in the area first, Dr. William Hedden. I took in several photos to give him an idea of the results I was looking for. My main concern was being too large and looking unnatural. After meeting him and his nurse, I was very comfortable and felt his recommendations would give me the results I was looking for. I wanted a second opinion and kept my appointment with my friend's doctor. When he gave similar recommendations, I decided to follow through with Dr. Hedden. I met with him 3 times to try on sizers before I chose my implant size. He used a smooth, round, moderate profile implant that was 350 cc and would be overfilled to 375cc. The implant would be placed sub-muscularly with the incision under my breasts.

My procedure was planned for a work stretch that would allow me 4 days off. I wasn't really nervous until my husband and I started to drive to Dr. Hedden's office. We met with the nurse and my IV was started. The last thing I remember was walking to the surgical suite.

I don't remember much of my recovery time. I remember sitting up to put my sports bra on and feeling like I had a ton of bricks on my chest. I remember holding my chest and doing Lamaze type breathing to get through the pain. There was intense pressure and it felt as if my chest was going to explode. We stayed in a hotel that night in order to make the follow-up appointment the next morning (his office was a few hours from our home). I don't recall much from that night other than my husband feeding me soup and making me get up and move around as the doctor ordered! He had to wrap his arm around my back and lift me to sit because I could not move on my own. I can remember pulling up to the parking lot the next morning. I was terrified to have Dr. Hedden examine my breasts for fear of pain, but it wasn't that painful. I was pretty swollen and concerned that I had gone too large. He said everything looked great and reminded me that I was still swollen!

We went home and I slept most of the day Thursday and Friday, but moved around at regular intervals. It was Monday morning that I was able to slide off the bed by myself and wash my hair by leaning my head forward. I was able to work that day but couldn't perform any lifting or overhead reaching. I was able to get through the day with ibuprofen only and my pain was well managed.

I was able to move my arms fully by the end of the first week. It took nearly 2 weeks for me to be able to sit up normally from the bed or couch. It was uncomfortable to sleep on my side. It was a month before I attempted to sleep on my stomach. I went back 2 weeks after surgery to have my stitches removed, which was an unpleasant experience.

It has been a year and a half and I could not be more pleased with the results. Once the swelling went down, I felt like I had selected the perfect size implant. It is easier for me to shop because my chest is in proportion with the rest of my body. I would change nothing about my decision to have breast augmentation because it has been a great experience for me. For others who feel the way I did, I would recommend that they make an appointment because it has made a world of difference in my confidence and in my life.

— Danielle

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