At six months there was still some residual healing to be done. The scars had faded considerably, however there was still an area of numbness directly above the scars on both sides. At my 6 months check-up the doctor said it can take up to a year for normal sensation to return because of the nerve damage. At 12 months there was still a mild loss of sensation in the area. I wasn’t instructed to do breast massage and now wonder if that would have helped the nerves to regenerate.
At six months my yoga practice was probably around 90% of what it was pre-surgery. Full range of movement took around 5 months to return through the shoulder and pec region. At 12 months I had returned to most of my pre-surgery practice, with a few exceptions. Anything where I need to place my elbows into my chest is now impossible – such as Mayruasana and doing a jump-back from Padmasana. I had no issues regaining my full strength, but there is definitely a different sensation now in my chest when doing pressing or pulling movements (you just have to get used to this being your new normal). Also, I don’t like the tugging sensation that I get in my chest when holding deep arm wrapping movements in twists, so I have modified the way I do poses such as Pasasana and Parivrtta Parsvakonasana.
The only downside has been that I don’t like to lie on my front anymore because it feels like too much pressure on my breasts. As I used to always sleep on my front, I’ve had to adapt my sleeping posture, which has taken a long time to get used to. Also, whenever I get a massage now I place rolled up towels above and below my breasts so that I’m not lying directly on them. This works a treat.
There’s been no negative effect on my daily exercise. Running has always been completely normal since the surgery. I recently started started swimming again and I have no awareness of anything awkward or different.
If you are seriously considering having breast augmentation surgery, my advice to you is:
- Find a doctor with an impeccable reputation and preferably one who comes with recommendations from people you trust. It makes sense to pay for the best you can afford in order to reduce your risk of any avoidable complications or botch-ups. All surgeries, both life saving and cosmetic, carry real risks.
- If you are a dedicated yoga practitioner, be aware that your recovery will take longer than 3 months to return to a complete practice, and also that you may need to modify your practice to accommodate your new chest proportions.
- Implants won’t make you a better person but they can be a positive boost to your self- esteem, and in this way they can enhance your overall quality of life. Of course you are so much more than your physical makeup and appearance. However, I believe that if something helps you to feel better about yourself, and it causes no harm to you or any other being, then it has its own intrinsic value – and accordingly other peoples’ opinions and judgements are of no importance.