My Breast Augmentation (with an audience)
Like most women, I never thought I would undergo breast augmentation. The thought of having to go through invasive surgery and place foreign objects in my body was unimaginable, to say the least!
I am a 32A and, although I was confident with my body and who I was, I admired bigger breasts. Undeniably, they are sexy.
Research and Hesitation
About a year ago, I came across the topic of ‘fat-transfer breast augmentation’. This is a process where fat from other parts of the body is harvested and transferred to the breasts. The idea that this process is more ‘natural’ than breast implants immediately caught my interest. I began to research more about it.
Three things were of importance to me:
- the safety of the procedure;
- finding a really good certified plastic surgeon with vast experience; and
- knowing the long term effects.
Several issues surfaced during this time. I learned that fat-transfer breast augmentation is a fairly new procedure and the long term effects is yet relatively unknown. During this period I have also read about breast fillers, also an uninvasive procedure, which I was also considering. It is safe and affordable but the downside to this procedure was that the so called ‘fillers’ are eventually absorbed by the body and only last about a year. So in the long term it was actually quite expensive.
During my research in the internet I often ended up in forums where professional plastic surgeons participated in. And I noticed, that most often the doctors concurred that, among the procedures that were available, breast implants which has been there for the last 50 years, was still the best, safest, and all the possible risks and effects have been studied. The idea played a bit in my mind – but I was still very much uncomfortable with the idea.
Finding Dr. Randquist
Six months ago I started looking for a plastic surgeon in Singapore. I ended up reading an article in the internet which featured Dr. Charles Randquist conducting breast implant workshops for plastic surgeons in the Asia Pacific Region. I read the extensive number of procedures he has done and the low rate of his methods to complications. I thought, if he was the one training the plastic surgeons – then I could not find a better one!
I called the hospital in Singapore where Dr. Randquist worked in collaboration with the workshops, and asked for appointment with one of the senior consultants to discuss with and ask all the questions I had in mind and see if I was a good candidate for breast implants.
After the consultation, I was still hesitant and uncomfortable with new questions looming in my head and the question if I got the right size and shape or if I should even be doing this. The nurse suggested that I just get a schedule for the surgery 2 weeks after and if I still felt uncomfortable I could always call in and cancel. I then asked the nurse about the workshop and how it worked.
I was told that there will be an average of 10 surgeons participating in the workshop and the next one would be in two months time. The thought of having ten people watch me made me feel more uncomfortable and I preferred to have a private surgery whether it meant that it would be more expensive; but the two months gave me leeway to get myself ready and to think more about my decision. A week after my consult, I called in to cancel my surgery appointment and sign me up for the workshop with Dr. Randquist.
The day prior to my surgery, I was asked to come in. In the waiting area I met two women who were there for their 6th month review. They were both very nice to have shared to me their individual experiences, what to expect, and both of them sang high praises of Dr. Randquist. I could not explain how meeting these former patients, who were happy with their results, gave me great assurance that I was going with the right surgeon.
When I met Dr. Randquist, it was a very awkward moment. It was not explained to me that my consult would be a full panel with the surgeons from the workshop and representatives from the implant company and from the hospital!
I was playing it cool, but I believe he saw what a nervous wreck I was at the time. He sat me down, we talked a bit, and in every word he spoke to me there was a calm assurance and confidence to it that made me relax and feel comfortable. He was very compassionate, professional, and had a keen eye for beauty and proportion. His examination was quite thorough. I was very happy about it, and I realized that moment that I was very lucky to be in the workshop because when he explained things to the surgeons in the room, I got to hear and understand it as well. Every doubt I had in my mind dissipated. I was in the best hands there could possibly be!
Time for surgery
The day of the surgery went very fast. Dr. Randquist measured and marked me up, and in doing so he explained it at the same time (to the present surgeons), which made me understand the procedure better than normal patients would. Before sending me to the surgery room, he asked me again if I was comfortable with the size we chose. I said I was.
He looked at me and assured me once again that I had nothing to worry about; he will give me beautiful breasts. I gave a sigh of relief.
I woke up about two hours later, and Dr. Randquist told me that the surgery went very well. We looked at the results, it was still swollen but I was satisfied.
I took pain medication only for the first 3 days. There was only discomfort on the following days but I did not feel intolerable pain, and I had to sleep upright for the next couple of weeks. And that is already the worst part.
I am into my fourth week now, the stitches have been removed, the swelling has gone down, been sleeping on my back, and although the sensation on my nipples have not returned yet (which they eventually will), I am very happy with the results.
As promised, and delivered, I have beautiful breasts!!!
I cannot express my gratitude enough, thank you Dr. Randquist!