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What happens in a breast augmentation pre-op appointment

My breast augmentation happened so quickly that I didn’t really get a chance to share everything that happened. So now that I’m more settled (literally, ha!) I can finally catch up! Today is all about what happens in a breast augmentation pre-op visit, which for me happened just two weeks after my virtual consult and one week before my breast augmentation surgery. I’m not gonna lie… I was nervous.

What happens in a breast augmentation pre-op visit

What happens in a breast augmentation pre-op visit

My pre-op visit was my first time really going into the CosmetiCare offices specifically for my breast augmentation. Before that, I had only gone in for cosmetic procedures (like TruSculpt, the Dermapen treatment and, my favorite, Botox). Going in for something as major as this was a definite first.

Breast augmentation pre-op instruction sheet

I walked in to the CosmetiCare offices, I checked in and I was greeted with a ton of papers about my upcoming procedure. I took a seat at one of their comfy chairs with basically the best view of any cosmetic office in Southern California, and started going through the paperwork. I signed everything that needed to be signed. Confirmed that I wasn’t on any medication or vitamins, I wasn’t drinking alcohol or taking Tylenol, and that I had no previous surgeries. I also read a few interesting do’s and don’ts like… sex. Did you know that having sex is a no-no after your procedure? That’s right! Dr. Niccole advises his patients to stay abstinent for at least six weeks after the procedure because otherwise your blood pressure will rise and cause internal bleeding. It’s also why patients are not encouraged to workout or lift anything above shoulder level.

My one and a half hour visit also covered my weight, blood pressure, and then about six “before” pictures. After that, they performed the New Look Now virtual rendering of the “after” (you can see that here) and then I got to play around with the implants to get a feel for them. I settled on these moderate profile ones because I didn’t want anything that looked too obvious, but the size wasn’t settled on yet. I knew wanted a really natural look with a size of an average “c” cup, so we thought somewhere between 350cc and 375cc.

Natrelle breast augmentation implant

This pre-op visit also came with a list of medication that I would have to pick up before the surgery, and that included the antibiotics that I would have to take starting the day before the surgery (which, by the way, gave me horrible nausea). Dr. Niccole also advised me not to have heavy meals the day before and to not eat too late. At this point in time, my surgery time still wasn’t scheduled, though I was told that it could be as early as 6 a.m.

One thing you should know about me is that I’m pretty independent (even with a Hubster in tow). And up until now, I was totally thinking that I was going to Uber it to my surgery and the Hubster could pick me up after it was done. He, on the other hand, was not having it and wanted to drive me. I’m glad he kept being so insistent because according to one of the papers that I signed, I had to have an adult that could drive within a certain radius of the surgery center while I was in surgery. He planned on being there the entire time so that settled that.

What happens in a breast augmentation pre-op visit

Another interesting thing that Dr. Niccole told me to do was to shower the night before, but to not put on any perfume, lotion or deodorant on my body. The nurse also recommended that I swipe on rubbing alcohol if I really needed to do something to make myself more comfortable. The entire procedure was slated to take 45 minutes with about an hour in the recovery room. It’s a procedure that nowadays is really routine, and I knew that I was in great hands with Dr. Niccole.

You can read the rest of the breast augmentation blog posts by clicking the links below, and I also did a short vlog on my pre-op – uploaded now on my YouTube channel. Thanks for following along, and please share if you’ve been through this too. I know that I myself read a lot of websites so that I could learn as much as I could before the surgery. “The more you know *shooting stars*” and all.

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This is not a sponsored post in partnership with CosmetiCare. All thoughts and ideas remain my own. 
 

Trying on my new breasts with New Look Now

If you follow my YouTube channel, you’ve seen by now all my breast augmentation updates. It’s been a while since I’ve given you a written update, so now that I’m over a month post surgery, I thought it would be perfect to walk you through the whole process, including my New Look Now experience. But first, let me remind you what Dr. Niccole of CosmetiCare was working with (not much, I’ll tell you that).

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As you can clearly see, my barely B cups weren’t much and my sternum is clearly visible. This picture was taken in Jamaica and that’s basically what I looked like up until a month ago. In my lifetime, I had lost 75 pounds twice (after each pregnancy), I breastfed both of my two boys until they were just over a year old and I was never genetically inclined to have bigger breasts. I had been wanting a boob job since forever and my partnership with CosmetiCare made it possible for me to document my process and let others know what to expect.

I had my virtual consultation about a month before the procedure. Afterwards, I was asked to send in a “before” shot so I could try on the treatment with their New Look Now software. So I did it and they sent me back a link that allowed me to switch between “before” and “after” with just one swipe. All I can say is that I was in disbelief when I saw what I would look like after my procedure.

New Look Now at CosmetiCare for breast augmentation - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

And here it goes… these are my actual pictures, no editing has been done other than adding the black bar across my chest.

CosmetiCare New Look Now simulation for breast augmentation - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

As you can see, it’s a BIG difference. My small breasts were truly getting an upgrade. When I requested the New Look Now simulation I asked them to alter them as though I had a C cup. Although cup sizes are not guaranteed, they understood the look I was going for. I also wanted a more natural look, a very moderate profile.

I was happy with the simulation and couldn’t wait to go in for my pre-op. Two weeks before the procedure I stopped drinking alcohol and increased my water intake. I wasn’t on any medication or vitamins, so nothing else changed. I continued with my Bikram Yoga practice as well as my vegetarian diet. Although I was still anxious about going under anesthesia, I couldn’t wait for the big day to come.

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Cost and Financing Options

CosmetiCare quotes breast augmentations between $6,000 -$8,000 depending on the doctor, saline versus silicon, and whether it’s a breast augmentation, lift, etcetera.

Financing plans with 0% interest and low monthly payments to those who qualify are available via CosmetiCare. You can apply in their office during your visit or online before you arrive. Note that with the no-interest financing, you have the opportunity to spread your monthly payments out over time without incurring any financing charges.

If you’re interested in finally getting that breast augmentation that you’ve been wanting to do, or any other type of plastic surgery or enhancement, you can jump over to CosmetiCare’s New Look Now page and “try on” any procedure too – for FREE! And if you’re in Southern California, I cannot tell you enough how much I love the staff at CosmetiCare. I’ve done multiple procedures with them including Botox, DermaPen with PRP, HydraFacial MD, Juvederm and truSculpt, and each and every time I walk out of their office I feel confident because I know that their staff is the best, and their work is always on point. I invite you to visit them if you want a quality MedSpa with a great staff! And don’t forget to check back for my more on my experience.

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1101 Bayside Drive, Suite 100
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
949.537.2368
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This post is in partnership with CosmetiCare. All thoughts and ideas remain my own. 
 

My small breasts are getting an upgrade

In all the years that I’ve been blogging I’ve only briefly mentioned my discomfort and annoyance with my small breasts. Like when I talked about my bathing suit not fitting right. But what I don’t remember talking about is my desire to fix it and get a boob job… until today!

Pattie Cordova at the beach with kids

You see the picture above? You can see all of my chest bones. And it’s not because I was super thin, it’s because I have small breasts. Vanity Fair says I’m a 34B, but I secretly think I’m a 34A.

So the years went on and my desire to get a boob job was always there. Like something on my wish list that was never going to be attained. Until very recently. Because yes… I’m going through with it. I’m getting a breast augmentation!

My small breasts are getting an upgrade

My decision to get the breast augmentation procedure is not really a confidence-lacking move. If you know me, you know that I’m a pretty confident chica. I grew up a chubby kid, and because my mom never mentioned it, I was never insecure. That happened around high school. In my early 20’s I found vegetarianism and running and I lost a bunch of weight. When I got pregnant, I went up to 200 pounds – each time! Now, I’m at a comfortable 130-140 pounds depending on the time of the year. I’ve learned to eat healthy (most of the time), learned to love water and black coffee, experiment with different forms of exercise and give myself the leeway to not be so strict on diet and exercise all the time. I have learned to (mostly) manage how my body looks. But that one part is always nagging me.

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My decision to go through with the breast aug didn’t come lightly. Last year’s bathing suit was a black halter one piece. Well, on a trip to Loreto, Mexico, I found myself on an island and I just had to get my picture taken with the gorgeous sea in the background (see picture above). I took to my usual pose, and when I looked at the picture later, I saw that it looked like I was sticking my chest out. And I was. I had to. Otherwise, my bathing suit would have opened too much and my small breasts would have been on display. Couple that with my dresses always fitting weird on my pear-shaped body, and a friend who calls out the fact that I don’t have much in the breasts department, always trying to contour my chest… well I was done. Oh, and did I mention that I breastfed both babies for 13 months each? I was determined to do something about it.

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As life would have it, my partnership with CosmetiCare has given me the opportunity to share this process with you. Every detail of it. It’s an open conversation with you, and if you have any questions at all, I’m here to give you my point of view. Anything technical, medical or scientific? I can get one of the super-educated staff members to answer your question.

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And if you know me, you also know I jump in with both feet. So already I’ve taken the first step in this new adventure via a virtual consult. A virtual consultation from my own home! I set up an appointment and waiting anxiously for the process to begin.

My virtual consultation with CosmetiCare

A couple of notes, the day before I was scheduled to have the appointment, I logged in to their private portal to prepare for any hiccups that might come along. I’m glad I did because I found out that my usual browser, Safari, wasn’t going to let me log on to the consult. I downloaded Firefox (which also didn’t work) and finally, Google Chrome. I suggest you double-check your connection and log in at least 15 minutes before your visit to ensure that everything is good to go. You’ll also need to go through a brief set-up form, so you’ll want to have a few minutes for that too.

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On the day of my appointment, I received a confirmation call from the CosmetiCare office and then a text message when my appointment was coming up. I logged in (still fully dressed) and waited for Dr. Niccole and someone from his staff to walk me through the procedure.

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More than once, the fact that I was having a virtual consultation for something as major as a breast augmentation was baffling to me. Clearly I had spent years and years building up this simple procedure to be something so huge that it needed a big all-eyes-on-me appointment. The thing is, now in 2016, this type of procedure is very routine. There’s nothing special about it. You won’t hear any bells ringing when you announce that you’re getting it done. No one will be shocked and amazed that you’re going through with it. Nada. And that realization was perhaps the biggest eye opener for me.

small breast boob job virtual consultation at CosmetiCare - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

So soon after I logged on to the call, I found myself in my bra and very soon after that, I found myself without a bra and my small breasts on display for Dr. Niccole. I had met Dr. Niccole on more than one occasion so I wasn’t completely weirded out by him checking out my breasts online. It took only a few minutes until I was comfortable enough to forget that I was standing topless in my office talking about what to expect during the procedure.

If you’re interested in a virtual consolation with a CosmetiCare surgeon (and it doesn’t necessarily have to be for a breast augmentation) visit http://www.cosmeticare.com/online-consultations and set up your eVisitaccount. Then call the CosmetiCare office to set up a FREE virtual consult! It’s that easy.
 

I gave Dr. Niccole my height (5’8″), he gave me his cup suggestion (C baby!!!) and told me that going to a D cup was not recommended for me. He also mentioned how the implants would be going under the muscle, as opposed to over, because it would reduce the chances of them hardening and getting an accurate mammogram would be easier to do as well.

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My next step will be to visit the CosmetiCare office for my pre-op visit and then a week after that, I’ll be going in for the real thing. I’m still in disbelief that something that I have been wanting to do for so long was so attainable, and so quick! Because the office is open Monday through Friday, and sometimes Saturday, getting an appointment to get it done was easy. They gave me a July 12th date, told me that they would be sending a packet to my home to explain the do’s and don’ts before the procedure, and – most importantly – they would be sending me a rendition of what they expected my breasts to look like after the procedure using their NewLook Now simulation software. So much time has been saved because of their technology!

NewLook Now simulation software at CosmetiCare

Cost and Financing Options

CosmetiCare quotes breast augmentations between $6,000 -$8,000 depending on the doctor, saline versus silicon, and whether it’s a breast augmentation, lift, etcetera.

Financing plans with 0% interest and low monthly payments to those who qualify are available via CosmetiCare. You can apply in their office during your visit or online before you arrive. Note that with the no-interest financing, you have the opportunity to spread your monthly payments out over time without incurring any financing charges.

Early in July, I’ll be sharing my “before” picture, and a rendition of what the after should look like. I’m super excited and nervous to be doing this procedure and sharing my story with you along the way. If you’ve gone through it yourself, I would love to hear your side, and any tips you may have for me. Wish me luck!

p.s. You can also follow the updates on my YouTube channel.

CosmetiCare

1101 Bayside Drive, Suite 100
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
949.537.2368
cosmeticare.com

This is not a sponsored post in partnership with CosmetiCare. All thoughts and ideas remain my own. 
 

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