February 2013 Breast Reductions Check In Here

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I had my surgery Feb. 21 and today is the first day I've had to take something for pain since the 3 days following surgery. Got my stitches removed yesterday. Wondering if that has helped them to settle down and cause more pain. Going to take it VERY slow today. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks. I'm hoping to take more pics if I feel better.
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Update my profile/review with 3.5 mo post op pics. Demonstrates drop and fluff. Notice how rounded the bottoms have become, the fullness that was created all on top, has settled down more to the bottom now. Everything seems to be healing great. I see my PS tomorrow for a follow-up, and will mention a couple imperfections, and see how he takes it and what to do from here. If he wants to do nothing, my husband and I are fine with these spots (right breast both sides have "dog ear type imperfections), because they are very minor...and I'm not too keen on more surgery;-). I'm doing great, and very happy with the surgery.
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He did call the areas "dog ears" and said to wait until I'm 6-9mo post-op and see if they resolve themselves, if not, call, and he will have me come in and reduce the side one under local. I like that plan. Anyway, I'm cleared unless I have some complication in the future or want to come back to have the dog ear taken care of.
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I had my surgery on Feb. 15 and I am still not healed properly. Both my left and right breasts had open incisions. The vertical incisions from my nipple down to the crease below the breasts opened up. For 7 weeks, they were still open and oozing. They kept getting larger, about the size of a quarter. At 7 weeks, my PS did a revision. On my left breast, he didn't have to do anything. Once he removed the large scab, he found that half of the area had healed and assured me that the remaining skin would heal on it's own in a few weeks. The incision on the right breast, however, had to be completely redone. He cut away the existing tissue and restitched it from the nipple down. It is now going on three weeks and the incision that he redid has opened up once again. I have an opening the size of a dime but in more of an oval shape, just above the crease. There is a smaller opening above that, but it seems to be healing up. Up until two days ago, watery pus (sorry for the TMI) was oozing out of there and I would have to drain it daily. So far, it looks like it has stopped, although it has done this before and then started up again. My PS said that this was ok. I also noticed from the very beginning that my body was rejecting stitches. They would protrude out from my skin, especially in those areas where the open incisions were. I would find them bunched up, melded together, and I'd cut them off. The skin would settle down afterwards. There was so much inflammation in these areas. I strongly believe my body was rejecting the dissolvable stitches. Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone else has experienced these open incisions, and possibly undergone a revision. I'm so frustrated that at 3 and a half months, I am still dealing with this stuff. I have yet to be able to enjoy the benefits of my breast reduction. It's so frustrating to still be dealing with bandages and tape and such every day. I'm anxious to start using my silicone strips, which are on hold for now until my incisions finally close up and heal. Anyone else have this problem?
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it took me a long time to heal to because i had 7 pounds removed and could not use steri strips but 24/7 i tripled gauze and caked on bacitracin on the insisions then the triple gauze and did this a could of times a day and i finally closed up but it did take along time and i had a nickle size opening that worried me,,i dont see pictures on your profile but you can check mine out and see i had the worried openings to but great now,,good luck it does take awhile for some of us i hope you are doing better now,xoxoxo
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Sorry this is happening. Have they looked into the possibility of infection?? Inflammation and spitting stiches doesn't sound like enough to cause the problem with the absence of smoking and addition of a healthy diet. I hope this turns around quickly abd starts healing up! ((hugs)))
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I had mine on Feb 28 & I am STILL sore!! Really tender/sensative. Have not wanted to wear any sort of bra other than the soft bras. Last night I was trying to masssage my left boob, and my left nipple got so sore, like it had been cut off!! Has anyone had anything like this? It even hurts when I move. I told my mom it felt like I had been hit in the boob with a bat! What happened???
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Hi Smith, I saw my PS this morning for my 3 month check-up (surgery was 28 Jan). He said that it was normal to still have soreness and to have soreness that came and went. He said it shows just how much there is internally that needs to heal. Have you tried a heat bag? I find that really soothing. One of my boobs is really sore at the moment - tender to the touch and consistently achey. Apparently all these things need time and will eventually fade. Have you been taking Bromelain? I would keep taking that too.
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Thanks so much for your info. I'm still very glad I did it, just wish it wasn't taking so long to get back to normal!!
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My boobs feel like they are back to normal except being a lot higher. They wiggle again when I don't wear a bra. Plus I am waiting for scars to fade. My scars around nipples and down( the lolly pop scars are all fading. It is the great big smile(anchor part) is the sections that haven't faded. Plus where the drains were. Now what is next is waiting for my husband to get his bonus after school in Oct will be getting a TT w/lipo. So by next year my mommy makeover will be done.
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I woke up this morning with one boob somewhat numb to the touch, tender and feeling very lumpy and sore. It feels like it's happened overnight. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm not sure if it could be hormonal - I have my period (although I haven't experienced it during my recovery before) - or whether I've only just noticed a build up of scar tissue. Any thoughts on what it could be, and how to break down scar tissue if that's what it is, would be greatly appreciated!
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Top heavy I got that a few times and freaked me out at first lol. I woke with it feeling like it was numb or asleep and after I took a shower and threw on clothes and went about my way without giving it attention it went away I think maybe I Layed to much on that side in my sleep? Only the right side does that and its still hard and sore to the touch! The left is doing alot better softer and no problem!
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Thanks for that natalierw. It seems to have settled down now. I don't know what caused it. I sleep on my back so I know I didn't lie on it. It feels a lot better and isn't tender any more, though still a bit lumpy compared to the other side. As you say, best not to give it too much attention!
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i asked my ps about this and he said its all normal reattaching and laying back takes the weight off of them almost like putting your arm over your head and it goes to sleep...last night i tried sleeping without a bra but didnt like the feeling of gravity lol..my dr says it takes 6-12 months to get through all these quirks and i trust him so i think we are good,,hope you are doing good!
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Thanks so much for your note natalierw. It seems to be quite hormonally driven, as around the time of my period my right boob gets super-sore. Strange that it's only one of them but there you go! My PS also said that it takes a good twelve months for everything to settle down, so it does sound like this is all normal. I still get tingles and strange sensations from time to time (aside from the whole hormonal thing). I've also tried sleeping without a bra and although it feels "ok" I'm much more comfortable wearing my surgical bra. I also like the thought that it's continuing to shape and support them - I'm paranoid about them sagging!
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Lefties nipple is still fully numb whereas righties has a heightened sense of feeling .. I had my surgery Febuary 27th and was expecting my left nipple to develop some sensation since the right nipple healed so quickly ! :/ Please tell me this is normal and I will regain sensation in leftie!
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Hi JDDG my surgery was in December I also had one of my nipples heal real fast but the sensation took about 4 months to fully come back in the other and I still get sporadic zingers and sharp pains in my breasts but my PS says its all normal especially as I had so much removed but I count myself lucky as I really have had an amazing and uneventful recovery apart from the few sharp pains here and there . I have pics on my review if you want to see . I hope your recovery goes as well as mine :)
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Mine was feb 28. I have full sensation on the left and limited on the right. I Loss of sensation is a known risk BUT it can also take a long time for nerves to reconnect so don't worry. It is normal and there's nothing you can do.
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7 weeks today! My breast are healing great. Still some minor soreness but nothing to truly complain about. Now I just deal with itchiness from the incisions areas. My left nipple still has the burning sensation. I still feel that they could be smaller, although everyone says if I go any smaller they wouldn't fit my body. I'm still not convinced I'm going to be a C cup, I'm thinking more of a D to DD. The weight lose is going well. I've lost a total of 12 pounds down to 143. My goal is 135, although honestly I just want to be healthy and in shape. My sweetie comes home in 18 months from his PCS, and I want to be FIERCE when he returns:). I hope all of you are healing well and getting back to life. This BR procedure has truly been a journey. There are days I just can't believe I did this ( not in a bad way). I've been doing some spring cleaning got rid of a lot of clothes that are now too big. I'm ready to go shopping and purchase clothes that fit. I'm going to go this weekend to be resized again hopefully I won't be as disappointed as the last time. I will keep in my head not to think of a number just look at how good they look. Everyone have a great night! Happy Recovery. :)))
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I had my BR on Feb 28th & tomorrow is 6 weeks. I am still very tender & any kind of bouncing just kills. I went to my doctor for my 6 week ck up & told her how terribly sore I still am. She said its like my boobs are stuck in inflamation mode! She gave me an anti-inflammatory a steroid& pain meds & told me to try that for 2 weeks. Does this sound like anyone else? I keep reading about people at my stage exercising & I can't imagine even walking fast! Dr said I should be able to run at this point. Blah!!
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Well I had mine feb 27 and mine are still hard and sore to.! He said I need to start massaging them often during the day and in time they will soften up but he didn't say anything about medicine. I was thinking the same how hard mine feel and so sore to the touch not the incisions but all the rest of them lol so sorry for you but was glad to read I'm not the only one. Hope we both get through this soon!
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Natalierw How are you today? I'm still the same. My dr said the meds wouldn't kick in for 1 week, so still have about 3 1/2 more days! I'm still super sore/tender can not "bounce" in any way without it hurting. Still glad I did it though!! Hoping for the best!
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I'm still sore and have some hard parts but they do improve a little everyday . I tried laying on my side and it was so comfortable but after about 10 minutes I got up realizing my boob and half my arm felt like they fell asleep so that was creepy for the boob to do that so I haven't tried it again lol
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Natalierw, ditto on all you said. Maybe we are just slow healers. Still happy I did it though.
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