Alicia Tenise is a top D.C. based fashion, lifestyle, and travel blogger. She recently came to our team to undergo breast augmentation surgery and shared her full experience from beginning to end.
There are several reasons people choose to undergo plastic surgery. Whether it be to improve self-confidence, correct disproportions, or any other personal reason, it can be a rewarding experience.
Alicia chose to have the surgery following a weight gain that left her breasts disproportionate. This was not a decision made lightly and something she gave serious thought, but ultimately decided was right for her saying “I wanted to even out the size of my breasts, and I also opted to go a bit larger.”
She does say that “if you’re considering plastic surgery, you should do it for you and only you.” Adding that “if you believe that undergoing a cosmetic procedure will improve your self-esteem and self-confidence, then by all means: go for it.”
When choosing a plastic surgeon, you might not know where to start, especially if it’s your first procedure. Alicia researched long and hard before deciding to work with our team saying “I read dozens of reviews online and in local magazines, and I ensured that the surgeons were board-certified and asked the doctors about their experience with breast augmentation. If you’re thinking about getting any type of cosmetic procedure done, make sure to ask your doctor(s) how many years of experience they have, how they trained for the procedure, and how many times they’ve performed said procedure.”
Our team works with patients to ensure they know what the procedure entails and are ready to help you through the entire process. Alicia described her own experience saying “I had three pre-op office visits before the surgery and was able to get a feel for the staff and the office environment, and I loved how friendly and helpful everyone was. I also loved that the doctors and staff were always available to answer any questions I had. I felt like they prepared me very well for the surgery, and I knew what to expect. After the surgery, both doctors were on call to assist in any way necessary. I had my surgery right before Memorial Day Weekend, and both doctors called to check in on me throughout the weekend — even though it was a holiday. I called them at 8:30 AM on a Saturday since I had a question about medication, and I was able to get an instant response. I was shocked!”
Many patients ask for guidance on the right size and/or type of implant for them. We aim to advise you on the best option for you, but you do have the chance to see what your implants may look like with different sizes.
Of Alicia’s own experience she said, “with the help of Dr. Bruno and Dr. Brown, I decided to get a 250cc implant on the left, and a 220cc implant on the right to even out the size of my breasts. I also opted for a silicone implant based on their recommendation. I went from a 34C to a 34DD.” She went on to describe the process of testing out different sizes: “I was able to try on a bra with the implants in the office to get an idea of what size I preferred. I knew I wanted relatively small implants, but I tried a range of sizes. It was great to try on the bra and know exactly what size I’d end up with!”
The recovery process
We explain the recovery process to our patients beforehand, so they know what to expect. But when the unexpected arises, we are here to answer your questions.
Every recovery is unique, but Alicia found little to no issues with hers. As far as her recovery went, she said “Day two, I needed to take some medication to help with the discomfort. I wouldn’t say that I was in a ton of pain; my body was adjusting to the extra weight in front. The doctors told me to remove the surgical bra and wrap the second day and get into an underwire bra. I had to wear an underwire bra around the clock for a few days, and I was pretty swollen for the week after surgery. After four days, I was able to walk around normally and without any issues.”
To read Alicia’s full blog click here.
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