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Aug 13, 2012 04:51PM
I realize this is an old thread, but I am seeing this question a lot lately, especially from newbies who get filled in the OR, then their PSs start addidtional fills within days of MX, and keep going every week. This just makes no sense to me.
I got 180 ccs in the OR, then I got to wait a month for regular fills. I was filled to 620ccs within five visits, spaced two weeks apart. Then I had to wait an additional 3 months for exchange.
I had no pain with my fills, HOWEVER, I was overweight, had tons of loose skin, and very lax pectoral muscles. It was the only time in my life when being out of shape was of any benefit to me.
Ladies who are slender, have thin skin, radiated skin, any healing issues, or very tight pectoral muscles should adopt the motto "LOW AND SLOW"!" It's one thing to be able to stand big, rapid fills with no pain, but that's not what I'm hearing on the forum.
YOU control the amount and the timing of your fills. The PS can even remove saline if a particular fill is too painful. You can grit your teeth and take pain meds, or you can slow down and get smaller amounts put in, with more time in between to recover. It's not a race.
I actually chose to postpone exchange. I decided to lose weight before I got my permanent implants. Now that I'm back to normal weight, I can get the implant size that is appropriate for my body. I've had these TEs in since last December, and believe me, I'm ready for squishies! Nine days to go!!! WooHOO!
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