December Breast Reductions Check In Here

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ok, are anyone else new boobies hard in some areas & not others.. per PS I am supposed to be massaging them.. I hated touching them before & even more now.. I am doing it though & was caught by my assistant earlier today :) at least she has worked for me for 15yrs & understand my surgery. I feel like I have more tissue on one side of the scar than the other.. hoping this will all even out.. so I maggage on
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and that should read maSSage not maggage :)
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Hi Juls , I had my BR 13 months ago . I had hard spots for a long time also they were numb in places . I also hated touching them so didn't really massage as I should have and maybe that is what contributed to the numbness and the hard spots taking so long to go . All the things you are feeling are normal and it takes a long time to fully heal so don't worry about the hard spots it might take months and months but they will feel normal again in time :)
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4 weeks exactly today, I am so very happy with my new boobies. I do suffer from depression ordinarily, however, my mood swings from sadness to wellbeing can differ within hours, is this the results of the various meds??
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Hi, it could well be. Are you on medication for your depression? Are you managing to sleep OK? You have been through major surgery and it may take months for your body to fully recover.
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I am 8 days post op and feel I'm losing my mind. One minute I'm happy I don't have heavy 34JJ breast and the next crying cause I look flat chested with a pot belly. I feel like a teenage girl with these body image issues. I do feel much better since they removed my drains yesterday. I don't think I envisioned such a drastic change. I think I'm a B or C cup which is super small from what I wanted A D cup. I know its early to tell but its been a drastic change and I feel some kind of way. I miss having a full bust. But on a positive note, my back and neck feel a lot better.
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You've been through major surgery and it is not at all surprising that your emotions are all over the place. Are you sleeping OK and have you got out at all? Both pretty important. Hope you feel a little better soon, just be gentle with yourself and talk to people about how you feel.
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Today I went to lunch with my husband. I was so weak and dizzy. I just don't feel like Me. I told my BFF my true feelings about not liking the drastic change so much and missing a full bust. I hope this is a phase part of healing. I think everyone is shocked at how small I look Up top. I'm not a skinny girl so my belly seems to really stick out now :( I never ever had small breast at 13 i was a DD bigger than i am now. My husband although supportive is super quiet and has made no comment, which to me is worse. I read that as he doesnt like it. he did say he was shocked when I came out of surgery :( I did join a crossfit gym months before surgery. It's motivation to get back and lose weight.
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I'm 9 days out. I sometimes feel like I'm so small up top, but I thought long and hard before surgery and decided that too small yet perky was better than too large and too saggy. My belly is no longer hid beneath my breasts. Additionally I am so bloated and constipated that my jeans aren't fitting. I'm just focused on getting better, then losing some weight once I can move around more. I'm kind of excited to see what it will be like to run without the excess weight on my chest!
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Finally broke down and called the PS's office to ask what my options are. Here I am, well over 7 months out from surgery and months past the point where I had any swelling and I still wearing my old bras and filling them out just like before the surgery. After waiting a week I received a call from the surgery tech telling me that my only option is to have the procedure again. But, I have to wait until I am at least a year out from the original surgery. I told her that I really doubted my insurance would cover that twice plus there was no way that I could pay my portion again (about $1,500). I thought when I did this that I would do it once and it would be over. I never dreamed I would be talking about a repeat surgery. Waiting to hear on the doctor's response. I am being very nice at this point and I hope things can remain that way. I just want what my insurance and I paid for.
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Hi WNY... I had a similar conversation with my own PS. I am also wearing the same size bra as before. During my last visit, I had the doctor email me my pre-op pictures and then took new photos. There is a big difference, but I just don't see the difference in my bra size. I do think I was wearing the wrong bra all that time- by a few sizes, but I definitely did want to be a heck of a lot smaller than a 34DD after all the surgery. I've also dropped 15lbs. I'm not thin, but the weight didn't really change my bra size as it would have before (I think). They are much firmer- which is really great! Do you have your pre-op photos? Take a look- maybe ask a close friend or significant other who can be objective. I'll bet there's a difference that doesn't translate to bra size. I did consider a second surgery, but like you, the cost is out of the question. Hang in there!
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I do have my pre-op and post-op photos from my PS. Honestly, I don't notice much, if any, difference. The only way I know which is which is because of the necklace I was wearing on one of the days. My breasts are definitely lighter than they were and they are lifted, but the size is about the same. I am even experiencing the shoulder grooves again with my bra straps. So annoying since I healed up so well. :( As for my bra size before and after, I had actually been measured twice before my surgery so I'm pretty sure I was in the right size bra to start with, a 34DDD. Now I am still measuring as a 34DD. I don't get it, if he took off what he claimed to have taken off then why am I not significantly smaller? Of course they told me at the PS's office that they have never had this happen before. Naturally, if it's going to happen it would be my luck that it's with me. I guess I wait now to hear from the PS on what they can do. All I know is that I spent all the money I can spend the first time around. Are you going to leave things as they are?
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Wouldn't your insurance company fight this one out with the surgeon? I thought they often specified the minimum reduction acceptable to qualify for the payment?
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Nothing like leaving the PS's office on the verge of tears, again. I am really disappointed with my size and I have voiced this at each visit. I was a 34DDD and I am now measuring as a 34DD. My PS is sorry that I am not happy with the size and mentioned that my only option now would be a revision. Great! Not like my insurance will cover that and not like I can afford to do that without insurance. :( The sad thing is that I got my before and after pictures today and, honestly, I don't see a really huge noticeable change. There is some change, but it's very slight. I mean I've definitely noticed that my breasts are lighter and perkier, just not anywhere near the size we discussed at EVERY SINGLE VISIT. Uhhhh! So frustrated.
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Thought I would add my update too, not quite 4 months post-op since my surgery was 12/31. I am very happy with the size, shape, and symmetry of my breasts after being a super dense and heavy D/DD I am now a much lighter "small" C and they are soft/rounded. The nipples are fairly symmetrical but not perfectly so, the right is about 20% numb and the left is still about 60% numb to touch but both are "reactive" to cold/stimulation. Scars are not bad, I never got the silicone sheets. I still have minor discomfort at the incision lines and am scared to have a mammogram in 4 weeks! The only issue that bothers me is that there is residual areolar tissue under each nipple (the vertical scars look excellent there) but my PS has not addressed this, I have not seen him since March. I will talk to him about it in late June when I go back and ask if it can be corrected. I want to lose 10 pounds. Nice to read everyone's updates!
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Hey December BR Ladies! Friday I have my four month follow-up appointment. Surgery was December 11th. All is good .. very little pain and the girls have softened quite a bit. My scar tissue is minimal as I have been massaging with scar oil often .. actually, that's my husband's job (poor guy). Most of the time I still sleep with a bra but with very light support bras. As for size, I went from a 34G before surgery to a 34C/D. Given I need to lose 15 - 20 lbs, I should be comfortably in a 34C. I wish you all well. Overall, I am very satisfied with my BR! Take care. Lisa
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Hi girls I had my BR December 13 I've also struggled with my weight I was 169 having surgery but went as high as 198 but that was due to me giving up smoking before the surgery and then after I thought ok I've not smoked for 4 weeks so why start now . Well now I'm back on track and I'm down to 178 and still not smoking my BR is great I'm about a 38c because I put on weight but ill get back down to my 34/36 b in a few weeks . My BR saved my life in more ways than one i will never pick another cigarette up . :-)
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Congrats on the not smoking and weight loss! That's great!
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Thank you Lucy . I have followed your story from the beginning and your looking great Hun :-)
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Hey- is anyone have trouble buying clothing? I cannot see myself any different. It is very hard to dress this body. I keep trying to cover up! What have been your experiences?
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How are all the December 2012 gals doing? I'm 4 months post-op and doing good. Still have some numbness on my right side. Overall I'm pretty happy with my appearance, they aren't as symmetrical as I'd like but considering how they looked before, I'm not complaining! I've also noticed that before my period I have a lot more hard lumps and pain in my breasts than I did before. I'm sure this is normal. I will try to post some current pictures. Still working on the weight loss thing but not going so well. I hope you are all healing and enjoying your new boobies!
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Me too behind in weight loss and exercising. It took me so long to start again and so busy at work, that its hard to find the motivation. Now starting to put on weight. I'm pleased but wanted to be smaller but its hard to complain. I go back for follow up appt next Monday. My nipples are still healing in the inside. I had a fng and the nipples are now just trying to form. I look good with clothes on, but off not so good. My hormones went all wacky - the estrogen overly came back. I took a round of progestin and that seemed to work. Trying not to take it every month due to side effects, like the one making breasts bigger! Other than that, I'm good and looking forward to wearing a bathing suit for the first time in maybe 30 years!
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HI Lucy, I'm doing well.. next appt. is May 3. I have numbness under both breasts on the vertical line area. Still get some pain now and again but nothing like those 3 week zingers. Healing well, but wishing they were smaller. I am measuring a 34DD still.. and have lost 10 pounds! My PS said I could go for a second opinion, but then did not email me my before and after photos.. I wish I had taken my own before pictures. Like many of us here, we wanted to be about a C or full B. No backaches anymore! No migraines! This is wonderful! However, I am disgusted to have to spend all that money on another bathing suit for big boobs! Not off the rack size. Bummer.
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I've had similar experience as yours. Numb and clumpy scarring under both breasts. Both breasts still numb in the nipples and some side areas. I'm really sad and disappointed. I feel like my surgeon had no idea what he was doing. Asymmetrical and too large still with one breast one cup size larger than the other. Why are most surgeons who do this male? It's like they just don't get it. We say we want smaller breasts but its like they say no you don't. We guys want you to have larger breasts. It's so weird almost perverted. I've not heard one complaint from a someone who's had a br from a woman. Grrrrrrr
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