First assessment- Free nipple graft- can anyone tell me about it please???!!!
Byon 14 Apr 2012
Hi all, Well... i went for my 1st assessment yesterday. The surgeon was so nice! A really kind and decent Dr who knew his stuff. He knew by looking at my boobs when i was in my clothing then undressed and then lying down, exactly what was needed. He has suggested a ''free-nipple graft'' as my boobs are so large. Has anyone had this? If so what did it feel like post-op and beyond? My surgeon said i wont have any feeling in the nipple itself, nor will i have any 'projection'. I dont mind too much about that- but can anyone tell me if it causes any problems for them? He also said he doesn't stipulate a 'cup size' as they vary somewhat according to bra manufacturer, but in terms of size in general, he said a large C to a normal D. Sometimes during surgery, he will 'know' what size looks right on me and this is determined by rib cage size and overall look. He also suggested that if i wish to lose weight, to ''do it before the op'' so i want to lose around 14 -28 lbs (1-2 stones in the UK) which will make me look nicer but as i know from past expereince, makes no difference to my breast size. I'll be in hospital for 2 days and off work for 6-8 weeks depending on how i feel and heal etc. Driving wil be curtailed too for around 6 weeks. My surgeon also suggested once the op is done to look and assess my new bra size and purchase at that point. The hospital only provide a figure of 8 bandage to go home in so i will sort out a few from Kimmers brilliant suggestions and purchase hem when i get home. The assessment is in 2 parts here in the UK: I've gone through the first stage of information gathering and assesment in general. The 2nd is on 4th May and involves sizing up and drawing on my chest, blood work and booking me in for July. I cant go earlier as i am away and then my surgeon is on holiday so around the end of June/beginning of July is provisionally booked. I'm still excited but a little bit scared but not as much as i thought i would be as i am assured a good anaesthetist and pain control which was one of my fears- waking up in agony. So there is part one of my journey!! Please let me know if there is anything i need to consider before my 2nd assessment in May. I am not too concerned about nipple size or breast size, (as long as they are smaller then they are now) because i can't carry these babies any longer!!! I am focussing on pretty bras and nice fitted tops... no hassel from men looking at my boobs... no worries when choosing clothing and being able to wear a strapless dress.... My surgeon considers this op as 're-constructive' rather than cosmetic as its relieving symptoms of pain not just making me look better. He was factual and realistic but in a kind way and wants me to think things through until we meet for a 2nd time. Hope this helps anyone else reading this and for those 'on the other side' (of surgery) please feel free to chip in. Debs x x