Breast Implant Surgery: A Realself Experience With Dr. Colgrove

by | Mar 11, 2020 | Plastic Surgeon Feature, Testimonials - Clients

When you are preparing for breast enlargement surgery, it is important to educate yourself and do your research on all aspects of your procedure. Learning about breast implant options and looking at before and after photos is helpful, but reading the stories of other women can be even more enlightening. Online communities such as RealSelf provide a place for you to see the breast augmentation process from start to finish through the eyes of actual patients. You can find support and insight, see before and after photos of different breast implant sizes, and get unbiased information on everything you need to know about breast enhancement

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants on RealSelf

Plastic surgery patient communities are helpful reference tools when you are researching your options for breast implant sizes and types. Women share their reviews of silicone gel and saline breast implants, as well as the latest in breast implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a new option for women who want the both security of saline and the cosmetic benefits of silicone gel. With only saline inside, the IDEAL IMPLANT provides peace of mind when it comes to leakage detection. There are no MRIs necessary to know whether your implants are intact. IDEAL IMPLANT’s unique structured design gives it a natural look and feel, comparable to silicone gel breast implants. 

For an up close and personal look at the IDEAL IMPLANT, here is one woman’s series of updates about her breast enlargement experience on RealSelf.    

Charlimichelle’s IDEAL IMPLANT® Journey

RealSelf user charlimichelle from Atlanta chose IDEAL IMPLANT for her breast enlargement. She shares one preoperative and two postoperative photos to give a side-by-side comparison, along with her personal stats and breast implant sizes for reference. She writes:   

“So far everything has been wonderful with Dr. Colgrove. The top picture is 4 days post op. The bottom picture is one week post op. Still swollen and high but I already know that it takes a while for them to drop so I am patient. I am 6’3 210 lbs. I got the IDEAL IMPLANT filled to 530 cc under the muscle. I was a 36b before surgery.”

Torey, a Community Manager at RealSelf, commented on her post: “Looking great, can’t wait to see when they drop and settle!”

12 Days Post Op

Charlimichelle provides a brief update on her IDEAL IMPLANT breast enlargement recovery with photos to show her progress:

“They’re still sitting high but that’s normal. I visited my surgeon yesterday and he says they are fine. I am so ready for them to drop and fluff! Still bloated :-(“

Patiently Waiting 

Four days later, charlimichelle shares photos and a post about how she is feeling and that her new IDEAL IMPLANTS are already beginning to feel softer. 

“So today marks 16 days post op. On Thursday I will be able to trade this ugly surgical bra in for a sports bra. Yay!!!! Not much is changing at the moment. They are feeling softer though and my pain has mostly gone away. I wake up really stiff in the morning but that’s it. I wish I can fast forward to my three month mark. I’m ready to show these girls off!”

3 Weeks After Breast Enlargement

With more photos of her beautiful IDEAL IMPLANT results, charlimichelle writes about how she is feeling more like herself again at weeks 3 and 4. She says:

“No longer in pain! Yay!! I’m finally able to do more stuff but still taking it easy. I have my next follow up appt January 2nd. I am supposed to start breast massage then”

4 Week Update

“I saw my doctor yesterday and got the OK to start breast massage. They are dropping more everyday but still have not fluffed. Can’t wait to reach the 3 month mark. This is such a slow process lol. I know I will love them tho. So far I’m only having pain when I lay on my side. They are still pretty irk but softer than week one.”

The next day, she shared a quick photo of herself out with a friend that she captioned, “Love how they look so far.”

Stubborn Breast

The only issue charlimichelle reported throughout her updates was that her right breast was slower to drop, or come back down to its natural position, than her left breast. On her 1 month post surgery update, she says: 

“My right implant is dropping sooooo slowly. Has anyone else had this problem? I know I’m still early on but I am really impatient lol”


Charlimichelle’s updates began to slow down after her 1 month post, but she did make a point of sharing how happy she was with her IDEAL IMPLANT results. She finally made it to the 3 month mark that she had been wishing for, and posted a photo of herself all dressed up with the title, “Love them!” and captioned, “Best decision ever”. 

NurseP46 commented on her post “They look great” and Courageous5362 said “PERFECT!”

Happy With Her Breast Implant Sizes

At her 10 month mark, charlimichelle shared a photo of herself in a bikini and writes, “The only complaint that I have is that my right boob is slightly higher than my left. Other than that I love them”. It is obvious that she felt like she chose the right breast implant sizes and type for her. 

An Individual Experience

Because every patient is different, it is important to keep in mind that your results will vary according to your own body, goals, and preferences. Following RealSelf users like charlimichelle can be fun and even educational, but remember that your experience and outcome will be unique, even if you choose the same breast implant sizes. The IDEAL IMPLANT works with your breast shape to create a beautifully natural contour. The implant’s internal structure gives it a youthful appearance without the use of silicone gel. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, you will never have to compromise on beauty or peace of mind.

Dr. Colgrove: An Atlanta IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon

Dr. Robert Colgrove is a well-respected plastic surgeon in the Atlanta area with many loyal clients. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he has been a licensed MD since 1981. Dr. Colgrove now runs his own private plastic surgery practice where he serves patients who desire cosmetic enhancements and reconstructive procedures. His commitment to personal patient care and the expertise with which he performs each procedure have earned him an excellent reputation in his community. Dr. Colgrove continues to give lectures on plastic surgery and is also a Surveyor for the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). 

Dr. Colgrove strives to provide his patients with the latest advancements in plastic surgery technology and methods, which is why patients have access to the IDEAL IMPLANT at his practice. He belongs to an exclusive group of board-certified plastic surgeons across the country who offer the IDEAL IMPLANT. He is an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon because of his extensive experience performing breast augmentation with the new implant technology.     

Atlanta Breast Enlargement With IDEAL IMPLANT

Considering breast implants in Atlanta? Contact Dr. Robert A. Colgrove, Jr. today to discuss your options. Simply call 770-955-9000, or visit Dr. Colgrove’s office is located at 1900 The Exchange, Building 300, Atlanta, GA, 30339. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.