The Boob Report – Buns Up!

My boobs are fully bionic. This was the last surgery in the double mastectomy and reconstructive process. The swap was made by reopening my scars, deflating the expanders, rolling them up like cigars and slipping them out.


The deflated expander’s front and back, showing the blue magnetic area where saline is filled with a needle. 

Breast implant

The bait and switch. This is the example, but the actual implant is round.

Replaced with soft silicone, my halogen high beams became hamburger buns. I could see why my doctor wanted me to do the fat transfer. It looks as though they are in a push up bra while defying gravity.

Bra size in buns

Bra size in buns. My boobs resemble the B cup, I mean bun.

I asked my reconstructive surgeon about it in a follow-up appointment a week later.

“What’s up with these hamburger bun-like boobs? Will they change over time and gravity?”


“Wait. I thought they would sag a little after the surgery.”

“They will stay the way they are.”

I let out a heavy sigh.

“You can still get a fat transfer to fill in above to smooth out the transition.”

“No. I can live with the hamburger buns,” then I thought to myself, “At least I won’t need to wear a bra.”

He examined my breasts and said, “I would like you to wear a bra for the next 4 months. I opened up the stitches under one of your breasts. The underwire will give it support and keep them even.”

I groaned imagining the underwire pressing on my sore stitches beneath my skin.

“And I would like you to do an exercise to keep them from sliding to the sides of your body.” He took both breasts in his hands. “Push them together at a right angle for a count of ten. Do this exercise ten times, twice a day.”

I rolled my eyes.

“When can I go back to my normal life?”

“Usually patients can start easing into things after three weeks, but I know you. You have to wait until four weeks. In the meantime, no repetitive motion, pushing or pulling.”

“What? Come on.”

My husband Danny laughed.

“What about tennis?”

“I would wait a couple of months. Start back in December by hitting a few balls.”

“Alright. I’ll be good. I promise.”

It’s been three weeks since the reconstructive surgery. It feels like a milestone even though I am a week away from being able to open and close heavy doors, vacuum, wash floors, dust, and wipe down counters. Dang! Now that I think about it, maybe I should wait until five weeks, just in case…

Meanwhile, I find that reciting these words while doing my exercises helps me with the count.

We must. We must. We must increase our bust.

The bigger the better, the tighter the sweater. We must increase our bust.

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  1. It’s amazing what can be done these days, Susie. Your doctor sounds really great. Just be patient, keep up the exercises, and it will soon all be behind you. (Not your boobs, I hope.) 🙂


  2. Do not under any circumstances do anything sooner than advised. A few weeks/months of not being able to do what you want is much better than having to go through more stuff to fix something because you were not patient.
    Lecture over. 😉


    1. I count to 100 and am done until later in the day. Much easier than the exercise routine I would love to be doing. One more week and I should be able to start using a theraband and light weights.
      I am so thrilled to have both surgeries behind me!
      Thank you!


    1. I went grocery shopping last night for the first time. The cart was easy to push, but I thought, “What am I doing? I should wait at least another week before starting this chore.” I had to buy some buns!!!
      Oh yeah. The expanders made my boobs stick straight out and they were farther apart resembling headlights!


  3. i am thinking about your concern about sagging. Yeah, that is funny but that is a serious questions. If your skin gets a bit more streatchy…and your boobs still look like you are 16, the over all picture is going to be amazing. However, I can see you laughing at that too. And what is life without something to laugh about? even though those are your own bionic boobs. Do they shoot lasers?


    1. Hahaha! I wish they did shoot lasers!
      I was hoping they would sag a bit to look more natural. Luckily, push up bras are the rage, so I fit right in!
      I find it easy to laugh at all of this, hence the Boob Report! Thanks for laughing with me Dace!


  4. Do as you are told, missus! The gym, upper body weights and doing too much might make your chest muscles push the implants into the ribcage. Complete healing of the scars and surrounding tissue takes time. Speaking personally since I’ve had the same thing but with one breast – I wouldn’t touch a tennis racket until Spring. But the walking is great – them’s the breaks, babe! And get Danny to help with the massage. 😉


    1. Danny is the master of massage!
      I will take it easy and will really pay attention to my body. A few years back, I had a coach that was teaching me to hit with my legs, meaning pushing off at the point of contact which puts a lot less stress on my arm. I was getting the hang of it when he quit to work at another club. I relapsed into using my arm when hitting. I plan to work with a pro to work on moving into the ball to alleviate the stress. It will probably improve my game too!
      Thanks for the advice CC!
      I hope all is well with you. 🙂


  5. Wow, that was quick that your got your new boobs – wonderful … so happy for you and congratulations, as we say in Sweden – GRATTIS!!!
    I have enough for a couple more … and they have change in gravity *laughing
    I think you should wait have two friends that didn’t wait with going back to real life … and it had an effect on them and their new boobs. So take it easy and enjoy your new friends.


    1. We are getting along much better as they have stopped pinching! Gravity would make them look more realistic, but hey, I am just glad to have boobs. It wasn’t long ago that surgeons just sewed women up after mastectomy. It is my theory that it is one of the reasons there was a higher mortality rate. Docs wanted to save one breast if they could and then the cancer would come back in it. I think that is what happened to my aunt. I opted to get rid of them both and have a matched set!
      Thanks Viveka!


      1. Sue, you did the right thing … not worth the risk .. and now you have something common with Anglelina *smile – Good for you.
        Had a friend that did the same, about 28 years ago … but she never got new boobs .. and she proudly was sunbathing topless. Amazing woman. So happy for you, but don’t rush back to the normal every day. Promise me .. it’s time for the world to wait on you know. *smile


  6. Now I want a sandwich…

    Congratulations! Glad you’re almost done and this is just about behind you.
    But I hope in the next follow-up, you ask if they can be fitted with laser beams. Because how cool would that be?!?


  7. Susie I have to say I love how you put humor into a tough situation:) I am glad to hear you hamburger bun high beams are working for you! I am also glad that you are doing so well and on the road to recovery and new adventures!!! Happy Thursday:)


  8. Susie, I wish there was some way I could have shown your posts to my late mother. Technology and time prevent that. Everything was so serious back then and looking back a little humor could have helped a whole bunch.


  9. Like you, I cannot stand being idle for too long. Matter of fact, I’ve implemented jogging breaks when we edit, because Mathair says I’m intolerable if I’ve been sitting for too long. But, doctor’s know best. Thanks for sharing your story, you’re truly an inspiration. And, congrats on being cancer-free. ❤


    1. Hahaha! I know what you mean.
      I was at a writer’s conference this weekend. When I came home today, I peeked into the fridge and said, “Wow! We are really stocked up with buns.” I forgot how many I bought.
      Thanks so much! I really can’t even believe I went though all of it until I look at my Barbie boobs and think, “Oh yeah..” 🙂


  10. Susie, you’re absolutely amazing! Great news on the boob front, but please make sure you behave (as much as possible, lol) and do what the doctor orders. Stay well and happy my friend! xoxox


    1. I’ve been good and am three days away from being released to the drudge of housework. Dang!
      I’ve been at a writer’s conference where I forgot all about my bun-like boobs and the surgery.. Best thing for me!
      Thanks so much Catherine!


    1. Thanks so much! It is pretty natural for me to laugh at myself.
      Three more days. The count down begins….
      I have to say that after what I’ve been through, I don’t have as much fear of things. Public speaking used to terrify me, but I think I am over it!


  11. No one discusses boobs like you do, Susie! Just one more reason to love ya. 😉 Seriously, I can only imagine how much your words, humor and openness help others struggling with similar issues. You simply rock, my friend. Lots o’ love!


    1. Thanks so much August!
      I think it is helping others. To be honest, I am just reporting my journey as it happens. I really don’t understand why anyone going through what I did would freak out. No chemo. No radiation. New boobs? Bonus!


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