Eight weeks after surgery, Laura Cain reflects on her breast augmentation results, her surprisingly easy recovery, and why she regrets waiting so long to move forward.
In the third and final conversation of this three part series, Laura reflects on how much she’s changed throughout her breast augmentation experience at LJC.
She shares how the decision to trust Dr. Swistun’s eye to choose the right size and shape for her body was the best choice she could have made, and how happy she is with the natural look and feel of her breast implants.
Although Laura’s friends and family are 100% supportive, a few social media trolls still surfaced to remind her that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Nearing the end of the process, she’s more confident and feels as though a whole new world of possibilities has opened up.
Speaker 1 (00:07):
You’re listening to the LA Jolla Cosmetic Podcast.
Monique Ramsey (00:14):
Welcome everyone to the LA Jolla Cosmetic Podcast, I’m your hostess Monique Ramsey. And today I have a very special guest that we’ve had on the podcast twice before, and today’s her third installment about her surgery. So if you’ve been following along with Laura Cain and her breast augmentation with La Jolla Cosmetic, you’re going to love this episode. So welcome back, Laura.
Laura Cain (00:40):
Thank you so much, it’s so fun. I love being on your podcast.
Monique Ramsey (00:43):
Thank you. Likewise.
Laura Cain (00:45):
I’ve been so excited about this particular episode.
Monique Ramsey (00:49):
Good. So I saw on your Instagram that you saw yourself on our La Jolla Cosmetic commercial.
Laura Cain (00:55):
It’s almost like a dream come true because my favorite show, embarrassingly enough, 90 Day FiancÃ©. And I love it.
Monique Ramsey (01:03):
Laura Cain (01:04):
Monique Ramsey (01:05):
Laura Cain (01:05):
OMG, I am obsessed. So imagine my delight when I am waiting through the commercials and here comes the La Jolla Cosmetic commercial, and there’s my face. I’m like, “Okay. My two worlds have collided and I love it.” This is amazing, what great placement you guys have for that.
Monique Ramsey (01:23):
I think that’s actually so funny. And I happened to be out town on the last week when that ran. So I missed it.
Laura Cain (01:30):
Oh my gosh.
Monique Ramsey (01:31):
And I was like, “No way, I’ve not only missed my favorite show. I’ve missed the commercial.”
Laura Cain (01:36):
Oh my gosh, two weeks in a row. They did this one during 90 Day, and then last week they did it during, I Love a Mama’s Boy, the adult show.
Monique Ramsey (01:43):
I haven’t watched that yet.
Laura Cain (01:44):
Don’t even bother.
Monique Ramsey (01:46):
So now you’re a star even more than you were.
Laura Cain (01:49):
Oh my gosh.
Monique Ramsey (01:50):
You’ve made the jump from radio to television.
Laura Cain (01:53):
I know, I love it.
Monique Ramsey (01:53):
So has anybody told you that they’ve seen the commercial?
Laura Cain (01:56):
So many people. I get screenshots all the time. People texting me, people writing me on Facebook messenger or Instagram DMs, just saying how they’ve seen me and they saw my face and it looks so great and oh my God. And it’s awesome.
Monique Ramsey (02:09):
Laura Cain (02:10):
The red dress and blah, blah, blah. Yeah. A lot of people have seen it.
Monique Ramsey (02:15):
So last time we talked, you were shocked at how great you felt. And I told you not to go crazy. So now you eight or nine weeks after surgery, how are you feeling? And did you go crazy?
Laura Cain (02:28):
Okay. So I talked to you before and I talked to you the day after. Is that right?
Monique Ramsey (02:33):
Laura Cain (02:34):
Or two days after? Okay.
Monique Ramsey (02:35):
Two days after.
Laura Cain (02:36):
Okay. So you told me I’d be feeling great and to calm down. Well, Friday I was just full of life and so up. I got my errands done, I did this and that. And then Saturday night after surgery, the Thursday after surgery … Anyway, Saturday night, I went out to Manhattan, in La Jolla, the piano bar, and danced, sang with my friends.
Laura Cain (03:00):
Here I am bandaged up and I’m wearing that bra thing. And I just wore dress that, covered it up and I was fine. I was a little tired maybe on Monday, but … Because it did kind of catch up with me a little bit, but I’m telling you what … Right now, I don’t even feel like I ever had anything done. I’m saying that because I don’t feel … These feel so real and natural.
Laura Cain (03:22):
I don’t even think about them. I think about them when I’m dressing, of course, because it’s super fun now. But just sitting here, they … I don’t feel anything different or weird or heavy feel or pressure, nothing.
Monique Ramsey (03:34):
It doesn’t feel like you’ve clipped something on and you’re carrying it around?
Laura Cain (03:36):
Not at all.
Monique Ramsey (03:37):
That’s really interesting.
Laura Cain (03:38):
Not at all. I feel like I’ve had these my whole life, and I’m so mad at myself for not doing this sooner. I really am mad at myself, because I really have wanted this since I was 30 years old. I’ve been wanting one, a breast augmentation, and so now that I got it, it’s just so fantastic. And it’s just so life changing in such a great way that, why didn’t I do this earlier? I mean…
Monique Ramsey (04:02):
Well, you can only do what you can do. You know? You’ll get to enjoy it for this many more years. But I think that is a really good takeaway for the audience is, if you’ve been thinking about it and it’s something you really want-
Laura Cain (04:12):
Monique Ramsey (04:13):
Laura Cain (04:14):
You’ll find the means. You will manifest this. If it’s something you really truly want, whether it be a nose job or I don’t know what that the technical term for that is.
Monique Ramsey (04:24):
Laura Cain (04:24):
Okay, sorry. If you want your eyelids done or lower face lift, whatever you want, do it. You deserve it, you are worth it and don’t let any more time pass. I mean, I’m sure there’s financing options. I mean, there’s always a way. There’s always a way.
Monique Ramsey (04:41):
Right. And we’re really good about … I mean, we know everybody’s got a lot of things where your money can go and we understand that. And I think I’ve helped patients way back in the day when I would help with the patient coordinators. We used a credit card here and we used this part there, and they had a little savings and finance the rest.
Monique Ramsey (05:01):
We want to help you and we work with really good financing companies. We do have an episode just about financing. So you can look back, and I talked with Meredith one of our patient care coordinators, just about the topic of financing, which is a really good episode for any of you who are interested.
Monique Ramsey (05:18):
So now Dr. Swistun did your surgery and you were very open to him using his best judgment in terms of how to get the right size and shape for your body. How do you think that turned out?
Laura Cain (05:31):
Absolutely perfect. I believe these are 320, maybe 310, no more than 350. I should know because I have a little card that came with them, but I didn’t put them in my wallet like I’m supposed to. But yeah, I told him, I said, “You know what, you do what’s good for my body. I’m five foot nine, I don’t really have many curves, I’m straight up and down”.
Laura Cain (05:53):
So I didn’t want to look super lopsided. He did the most perfect job. And I had one breast where I had to have a lift, just a small lift, not even like the intense lift, and that is healing beautifully. My nipples are completely looking in the same exact direction. They’re the same height they’ve dropped a little bit.
Laura Cain (06:13):
So they’re starting to look … I’ve let a couple people play with them, I’m going to tell you right now. I’ve let a couple people squeeze them and touch them. And they just keep saying like, “This is unbelievable how real these feel.”
Monique Ramsey (06:27):
That is so cool.
Laura Cain (06:27):
They just thought they’d be like rocks on my body. And they don’t realize that the technology is so advanced these days that it’s so natural tissue.
Monique Ramsey (06:37):
And when you come in for your consultation, we have a whole bunch of different implants. You get to touch them and feel them and see what the differences are and what the profile, whether they’re more high profile, there’s all these moderate profile. There’s all these different choices. Do you know which ones you had?
Laura Cain (06:55):
Well, you get this little bra that you try on and then they leave the room. And you pick up the size that you’re thinking about, and you put them in the bra and then you put a shirt on over it, and you see how that looks.
Laura Cain (07:05):
Well, I tried on I think the 310s, 320s and I’m like, “These look really good. Can I please try on the biggest ones you have just because I want to because it sounds … I just want to see what it would look like.” I think there were 750 maybe.
Monique Ramsey (07:19):
Oh my gosh.
Laura Cain (07:19):
I know, they were huge. And so those are the implants I played with. I left it to his discretion, which ones he felt were best for me because I’m like, He’s the expert. I’m not the expert in this. I’m coming to him so I would like his complete expertise. But whatever, I mean, you can always Google different brands and types they have before you come in.
Monique Ramsey (07:42):
Right. And we’ve got examples. So it really helps to be able to picture not only what you’re going to look like when you put the sizers in, but then just knowing what does an implant look like? And you can feel how squishy they are.
Monique Ramsey (07:55):
Actually…So the other day I was up with Kara in the Meds Spa having a little Botox, and there was an implant up there. And she was looking in the drawer for something and she pulls out this implant she goes, “Oh here, you can squeeze this if it starts to hurt.”
Laura Cain (08:08):
Monique Ramsey (08:10):
For pain. I’m like, “How did you guys get this implant up here?” It’s hysterical. But it felt really good. I played with it the whole time.
Laura Cain (08:16):
I know it’s like you can’t put it down.
Monique Ramsey (08:18):
Right. It’d be great for on your desk.
Laura Cain (08:22):
Yeah. It’d be a great paper way too, just heavy enough.
Monique Ramsey (08:27):
So was there anything that surprised you during the process that maybe you didn’t know would happen or that you wish somebody had told you before you had surgery?
Laura Cain (08:37):
I was surprised at how minor the surgery was. Because a lot of people told me, “Oh, you’re going to be laid up for two weeks. You’re going to be in so much pain. You won’t be able to lift your arms over your head.” I’m telling you what, the next day I was fine. I felt a little pressure, that’s it. I didn’t even take all the meds that were prescribed to me.
Laura Cain (08:58):
I still have some ibuprofen left in my purse. I was up and around. I had full range of motion. My arms went all the way up. It just felt minor to me. It didn’t feel like that big of a deal. So I don’t know why people were making that big of a deal about it to me.
Monique Ramsey (09:13):
Well, and I think I everybody’s pain tolerances are different. Some people are just much more hypersensitive, but I think it is something that sometimes in our heads we build something up to be way worse than it actually turns out to be. And when you go through it, you’re like, “Oh, well that wasn’t that bad.”
Monique Ramsey (09:30):
And I think that’s probably more often the case than not. Because people do realize even with a big facelift, it’s not a lot of pain involved. Yeah, you look crazy with your big head dressing on for a couple days, but it’s not really as painful as people might think it would be.
Laura Cain (09:47):
And what little pain there is it’s so incredibly worth it. It’s like, not having a baby. Having a baby that’s a lot of pain, but you forget about all that because the results are so amazing that you just don’t … “Wait, what pain? I don’t remember any pain. It was awesome.”
Monique Ramsey (10:03):
Yeah. What was your Post-Op kit? What did you eat or were you hungry after surgery or did you have … Yeah.
Laura Cain (10:09):
I had my friend, Linda, who brought me here and took me home. Got me smoothies and then she got all this jello and popsicles and stuff. But I was eating chili and all this crazy stuff that, I mean, it was not a big deal. It was no problem. I don’t understand why I was only supposed to eat popsicles, because I was tolerating everything fine.
Monique Ramsey (10:33):
Yeah. As long as you’re not nauseous, I think.
Laura Cain (10:35):
Monique Ramsey (10:36):
You can really do whatever you want.
Laura Cain (10:37):
And a friend of mine really … She saw my result, everybody loves my result because I have an actual cleavage. I don’t have any … There’s not like a valley. Some people have that valley. It depends on your anatomy. So sometimes it can’t be prevented, but mine are together. And so one of my friends is like, “I am so wanting to get that done, but I’m really scared of anesthesia.”
Laura Cain (10:59):
So she was just super scared about that process. And I said, “You shouldn’t be because not only is the anesthesiologist there with you, but you have nurses and a doctor and maybe two doctors in there with you. So if there’s anything, if you blip on the screen or anything, you are protected. Chill out, it’s going to be fine, don’t worry about it.”
Monique Ramsey (11:22):
And that’s something that we have and I want to get one of the anesthesiologists on our podcast, because then they can really talk about some of the most common questions. But we use all MD board certified anesthesiologists, we don’t use a nurse anesthetists who … Nurse anesthetists are great, but we really want the highest level of care that’s possible.
Monique Ramsey (11:47):
Because it is scary if you’ve never had a surgery before to think, “What is that going to feel like?” But doesn’t it feel like they say count backwards from a hundred you get to 98 and then you wake up. And they’re like, “You’re done. You did great.”
Laura Cain (11:58):
It is such a trip. You fall asleep. You walk into the OR and then you’re on this table and you’re laying there, and I was smiling ear to ear. And yeah he says, “Okay, count to 10.” And I’m like, “Whoop.” And then I open my eyes, boom, there I am in the recovery room. I’m a little groggy, I’m hungry. I wasn’t nauseous, I think they give something for nausea with the anesthesia.
Monique Ramsey (12:23):
Yeah they do. They have a special little cocktail that they whip up so that you have less likelihood of being nauseous which I think is great.
Laura Cain (12:31):
Monique Ramsey (12:32):
So how are your friends and family reacted to your new look?
Laura Cain (12:35):
Well, I am going to see my mom for the first time in a couple months next weekend. So I’m so excited to show her and my sister who thought a boob job probably … Is that okay to say boob job?
Monique Ramsey (12:48):
Yes, of course.
Laura Cain (12:48):
Okay. Or should I say breast augmentation? That’s more fancy.
Monique Ramsey (12:52):
No. You’re good.
Laura Cain (12:53):
She got one 15 years ago, and she got really big ones and I just can’t wait to show her mine. I cannot wait to, because she even asked me, she said, “Do you think they would take me as a patient?” I’m like, “Of course they would.” And she lives in Rancho Cucamonga, but I mean, I’m sure you have people come from all over the place.
Monique Ramsey (13:13):
Absolutely. Yeah, we do. And you can stay down here so you don’t have to go back, hopefully back that same day. And after 15 years, and we have an episode about this too which is secondary or revision breast augmentation. Like, “Should I remove what I have and replace it?” And Dr. Smoot talks about that.
Monique Ramsey (13:33):
But sometimes for lifestyle reasons, when you get them and maybe you’re 23 when you get them, and then you’re at a different point in your life and you might go, “They’re just maybe a little too big for me right now.” So we do have a lot of people come in, in just what we call a remove and replace. So we take out the current implants, replace them with a new implant that’s maybe better sized, and that’s a very common procedure.
Laura Cain (13:57):
Is that more intensified than the plain breast augmentation?
Monique Ramsey (14:01):
I don’t think so. Unless they’re having to do something else for some other reason, but no. They’re just going to open up that pocket and take out the old implant and put… I mean, I’m not a surgeon, so what I’m I saying?
Laura Cain (14:11):
I know, but I’ve watched the shows, I know what they do.
Monique Ramsey (14:16):
Right. And then put in the new implant and sew you back up. I think it’s a pretty minor thing.
Laura Cain (14:21):
So I’m really excited to show them. And one friend said to me, “That is the most beautiful boob job I’ve ever seen.”
Monique Ramsey (14:29):
Laura Cain (14:30):
I’m like, “Thank you.” And I was worried, before I had the breast augmentation I … You know how we judge ourselves about every little thing? Well, I was starting to get some wrinkles on my chest and I was like, “I don’t like this. I look old, blah, blah, blah.” They’re gone. I don’t know what happened if they stretched out my whatever this is called, decollete.
Monique Ramsey (14:48):
Laura Cain (14:50):
I don’t have any anymore. I’m like, “That is a bonus.”
Monique Ramsey (14:52):
Yeah. It may be from swelling a little bit, but yeah. And we have some, I think the SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream. So you put one pump on your neck and lower jaw, you put the second pump on your DÃ©colletÃ© and just doing it once a day makes a big difference. I was just at one of their summits and they were showing the before and afters. So I was like, “I’m only doing one pump, I need to be doing two.”
Laura Cain (15:18):
Monique Ramsey (15:19):
Yeah. Just to keep that area nice and pretty and smooth and-
Laura Cain (15:22):
Right. Especially now because I’m going to want to show it off.
Monique Ramsey (15:25):
Well, yeah. Why not?
Laura Cain (15:27):
I’m buying all sorts of dresses that are low cut and stuff.
Monique Ramsey (15:31):
That’s my next question, did you get any new clothes or get rid of clothes or what’s happening in your closet?
Laura Cain (15:35):
Before I would get … Just say I get a size large in a sweatshirt because I want it to be baggy. I mean, my legs are fine, I like my legs, so I could show my legs off and my butt, but I just wanted something baggy because I didn’t care. Now, I’m buying things size small, super tight. I just I’m so happy to show off these curves because I haven’t had them before.
Monique Ramsey (15:55):
That’s so nice. Oh my gosh.
Laura Cain (15:58):
I never had curves, it’s awesome.
Monique Ramsey (15:58):
How awesome. So the little black dress is going to … At the Christmas party.
Laura Cain (16:02):
Oh yes. It’s going to be low cut for sure. Maybe have straps, maybe not. Maybe a little heart shape, little number, I don’t know.
Monique Ramsey (16:14):
So now you’ve been on social media talking about it. You’re super open, which I think is so nice and really refreshing. And so it’s nice to be able to go to your channel and hear you talking about it just from your own point of view. So what were the comments like from people who follow you? Did you get any pushback or has it been mostly positive or…?
Laura Cain (16:36):
There’s only one out of all the great comments, “I’m happy for you, you look great, I love that place.” A lot of those. A lot of my people are your people too. Or, “Where did you get those done?” I always get one bad comment, people can be so mean. But one person said, “You’re using all your daughter’s college money for something on yourself?” I’m like, “Look, you don’t understand.
Laura Cain (17:08):
There are many ways to fund a breast augmentation and there are many ways to fund college, and we may have that already taken care of. So shut up.” I mean, I didn’t say that. But I mean, I shouldn’t have even answer her but I did, and I just wanted to put it out there in case anybody else was thinking the same thing. Like… Don’t worry about it, she’s fine. Everything’s going to be fine. This was something I could do.
Monique Ramsey (17:31):
And I think there’s always maybe … We all have that one friend who’s maybe more of a naysayer.
Laura Cain (17:37):
Oh wait, I had another one. Oh my God, this one takes the cake. This woman said, “Why didn’t you start with your face?” Dude. I was like, “Are you even kidding me?” I even wrote, “That is the meanest comment I think I’ve ever seen.” And then I was just laughing. Isn’t that rude? People are…My trolls are bad, yeah. But I should not focus on those two little comments out of the thousands that I have received on the good end.
Monique Ramsey (18:10):
Right. And I think at the end of the day, you’re not doing it for them, you’re doing it for you.
Laura Cain (18:15):
No. Absolutely. More than ever I think that, more than ever. Before I was always afraid, “What are people going to think? I can’t do that, I might offend someone.” Now, I just, as long as I’m a good person and doing things that aren’t hurting anybody, so what? I don’t even care anymore. I mean, I care but I don’t at the same time.
Monique Ramsey (18:33):
Right. You’re not going to manage your life by it.
Laura Cain (18:34):
Monique Ramsey (18:36):
So other than the way you look on the outside, do you feel different on the inside?
Laura Cain (18:40):
Yes. A hundred percent. I feel more confident, I feel like… I like getting up, I like looking in the mirror, I like getting dressed in the morning. I want to get up in the morning to get dressed. I feel like I have a pep in my step for sure. It just seems like it opened up … It sounds so … It might sound dumb, but it seems like it opened up a world of possibilities for me.
Monique Ramsey (19:03):
Laura Cain (19:04):
I don’t know how to say it anyway else. But it has given me hope and just excitement for the future.
Monique Ramsey (19:13):
Laura Cain (19:14):
For my future boyfriends.
Monique Ramsey (19:17):
With an S.
Laura Cain (19:18):
I know, yes.
Monique Ramsey (19:18):
Not my future boyfriend, my future boyfriends.
Laura Cain (19:21):
Monique Ramsey (19:21):
I think we’re going to go on a double date somehow.
Laura Cain (19:23):
Oh my gosh, we should.
Monique Ramsey (19:26):
So now that you’re on the other side of it, what is your number one favorite thing maybe about this whole experience?
Laura Cain (19:34):
My favorite thing about the experience was Dr. Swistun. Just the sweetest smile, the most awesome demeanor. He’s the one that gave me the attitude of, “It’s going to be fine. Don’t worry about it.” He has such a chill attitude. “Dr. Swistun, I’m worried that this breast is a little bit too high.” “Don’t worry, it’s going to come down.”
Laura Cain (19:54):
He just has the best attitude, he’s not worried about anything. And that is good for me, it eased my mind so much. Meeting him and being in his presence and having him operate on me was just such an honor and it was my favorite thing, was meeting him.
Monique Ramsey (20:10):
Laura Cain (20:11):
And now I saw him on a commercial. I saw him on a commercial, one of your commercials. I was like, “Oh my God, there he is.”
Monique Ramsey (20:18):
There he is, the man.
Laura Cain (20:19):
Monique Ramsey (20:21):
So if a friend asked you, what are the two or three most important things to know about having this surgery? What would you tell them?
Laura Cain (20:30):
Are you ready for this to happened to you? Are you ready in all aspects of your life? I mean, are you ready mentally and physically? Are you doing this for yourself or for somebody else? And you deserve to be good to yourself and you deserve to treat yourself. There’s nothing wrong with that. Our society’s like, “Don’t treat yourself.” Or, “You’re being vain.” Or, “You’re being selfish.” That’s not the case at all.
Laura Cain (20:58):
I mean, you’ve got to love yourself to love others. So if you really want to do it, do it. That’s probably the one thing. If you have really wanted to do something that changed the way you look in any way, do it. Don’t worry about what other people think. If it’s going to make you happy, therefore it’ll make other people happy in your life. So do it, boom.
Monique Ramsey (21:21):
Boom, mic drop.
Laura Cain (21:23):
Monique Ramsey (21:26):
So speaking of love, if you’re listening today, we want to ask you all for a special favor. If you love the La Jolla Cosmetic Podcast, I’m sure Laura does, tell your friends and write a review of the show on Apple Podcasts or Goodpods or wherever you’re listening, because we love reviews.
Monique Ramsey (21:45):
We have thousands of use on our website about our surgeons and our Med Spa, but we need to start getting some reviews about our podcast. So we’d love to hear from you. So Laura, will you write us a review?
Laura Cain (21:57):
Yes, I will.
Monique Ramsey (21:58):
Laura Cain (21:59):
You’re welcome. Anywhere we find podcast pretty much you can find the La Jolla Cosmetic Podcast.
Monique Ramsey (22:04):
That’s where we are.
Laura Cain (22:06):
Monique Ramsey (22:06):
And we’ll have in the show notes things about where to follow you, Laura. So where should we follow you?
Laura Cain (22:12):
Laura Cain After Dark, that’s my podcast. And we’ve talked a lot about you guys on my podcast too, but I’m on Facebook and Instagram with that name, Laura Cain After Dark. And you also can find my podcast on all the main places you find podcast just yours.
Monique Ramsey (22:29):
Laura Cain (22:30):
Monique Ramsey (22:30):
And if you’re listening today and you have questions, need information about scheduling, financing, reviews or photos, before and afters, you can check our show notes for links and we’ll also have links to other podcasts that you’ve been on. So we’ll have a part one was before surgery, part two was right after, and this is part three the wrap up.
Laura Cain (22:51):
Oh my gosh. I’m going to go listen to part one and part two because-
Monique Ramsey (22:54):
Yeah. And see where your head space was back then.
Laura Cain (22:57):
Yes. I’m going to do that today.
Monique Ramsey (23:00):
Have fun, on your way home from our little studio.
Laura Cain (23:04):
Yes. That’s right.
Monique Ramsey (23:05):
So that’s great. Well, thank you so much for coming in, and we love having with us. So thank you again, and we will see you again soon.
Laura Cain (23:14):
Yes. Thank you so much Monique and everybody at La Jolla Cosmetic, I love you so much.
Speaker 1 (23:24):
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Speaker 1 (23:46):