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How long until they are smaller?

  • SSDDLL
  • 2 years ago

I am almost two weeks postop. I was a 34 F and asked to be a small B if possible. My recovery is going well. I was off the pain meds in two days and all the incisions are healing fine. I know there is swelling and it takes time to get to the final result, but I am feeling a little panic that I am not that much smaller. I feel like I am still a C/D and my old bra is only a little bit too big. Can anyone reassure me that I may still end up smaller after some more time goes by? Right now I am not sure it was all worth it. Thanks!

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I had my surgery 5 wks ago and feel the same as everyone here I have to remind myself to be patient. I tried on one of old 38dd and they are lose however im still at that stage where one side is bigger then the other but my surgeon did reassure me this will go down. my biggest fear right now is that ill be the same size as before the surgery
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Even though my surgeon and people on this board kept reassuring me that the swelling will go down and the size will change significantly, that did not happen. They remained pretty much the same size as right after the surgery, just sunk in a little. I am still a big C. Having said that, my breasts are quite a bit smaller than they used to be, and I am glad I had the surgery. Nevertheless, I want them to be smaller and will consider further surgical options when I have a bit more money on my hands.
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SSDDLL: You asked this awhile back = where are you now with size? I'm just curious. Thanks.
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I had my BR surgery on 2/14/12 and my surgeon and I agreed that I would be going from a DD+ to a full B/small C. I just went for a bra fitting and was fitted in D cups. It has devastated me and I've been dealing with meltdowns and a little depression. I hope it gets better.
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I don't know where you were fitted but different bra makers size differently. Victoria's secret for example is known for vanity sizing and their cup sizes run small (to make small breasted women feel better) I was a DD+ as well can still fit a D 3 weeks post op and wanted a C. Needless to say I will be avoiding Victoria's secret unless they shrink a bit more. Hang in there, I've had similar emotions and I know they kind of come with the procedure.
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I actually went to a Dillard's that my surgeon sends her patients to, there's a bra fitter there she's been using for 5 years (I think). It was a disastrous fitting and I ended up leaving in tears. I think I tried 10 or 12 bras, most were D cups, I think one was a C cup, I wasn't happy with any of them. I've also never had a proper bra fitting before though, but it wasn't a comfortable experience for me. Bra shopping has always been a traumatic event though. The healing/waiting is the hardest!
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I agree, waiting is so hard. I am trying not to focus on the cup size and instead focus on how they look in relation to the rest of my body and under my clothes. Still, I have moments of disappointment.
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So funny how we all have our size concerns :) I started a 32H and really wanted to end up smack in the middle of a D cup. I'm 2 weeks out and went to pick up some wireless bras today... I fit everything from a 34DD to a 32C. The DD didn't bug me... the C TERRIFIED me because to me C sounds too small and I still want to feel busty and feminine! I think what Kimmers is saying is 100% true though... We won't really know until we are 6 months out or so.
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I am currently 3 weeks post op and I'm a 38C and in some bras a B. normally I'm a 36 band but I've gained about 15lbs over he last year and now theyre a little tight. I'm 5'9 and was 180 and a 38DD at the time of my surgery. I decided to have the surgery while I was still heavy because I didn't want to end up a C at 160 (my goal weight) and then end up a D if I gained weight again. I always wanted little Jen Anniston boobs but at my height and weight that would probably be rediculous. I think I can get to a small 36C though if I lose the weight.
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She has the best boobs ever. I've been watching Friends during my recovery and Im obsessed with envy.
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Hee. I'm so glad to have found this. I started as a 32DDD/F, and asked for a small B cup, but told my doctor to do what he needed to do in terms of blood supply and making them look good. He thinks that he landed at a full C, which kind of makes me sad, but I trust him implicitly.

Anyway, I'm only 10 days out and keep having these huge mental freakouts over how big they still are. :) I honestly think that over the next few months they may end up as a large B/small C, but for now I'm all waaaaah about it.
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I started out as a J and really wanted to get down to a C. I am now 6 months out from my surgery and am at a DD. My surgeon says that with some weight loss (I can stand to lose about 20 lbs), I could probably drop at least one cup size, so that would put me at a D.

Anyway, I had a lot of freakout moments earlier on, but now I'm pretty comfortable with my size. I just keep reminding myself that regardless of the cup size, I am much happier with the way I look and have completely eliminated the daily headaches, backaches, and neck pain that I once experienced.

I don't know if you'll have the same feelings once you get to this point, but remember you still have a lot of swelling to get rid of over the next several months.
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Thanks so much for this. You're absolutely right about keeping the perspective that it is not about cup size, but about relief of symptoms (which has definitely been awesome) and how they look proportionately.

I can tell that I have a long way to go in terms of swelling and final shape/size. I'm probably the least patient person on the planet about this stuff, but this surgery is definitely making me learn some. :)
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Hello, I had my breast reduction in july 2011, I wish I could be of some comfort to you, but I was a 34G before my surgery and now I am a 34DD at about 5 months out and I ask to be a C. After 5 months I am sure that ALL of the swelling is gone down and I am going to be stuck with these 34DD's which I am not totally happy, but will have to live with. I plan on going on a strict diet to loose at least 30 lbs and hope that they will go down to a C cup which I wanted. I waited over 20 years to have this surgery and for the results of the size to not turn out the way I wanted is very dissapointing. Other than the size everything else was great, no infections, both breast finally are the same size, hardly can see the scars anymore. But just very upset about not being the size I want.
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Could you speak to your surgeon about your concerns? I started out at a 32F, and wanted to be a small B. My surgeon warned me that he may only be able to get me down to a C safely - they have to be careful of blood supply issues, etc. I've seen several surgeons say that they can only safely guarantee coming down three sizes, though it seems that others are able to do more than that.

I would definitely ask for a follow up appt. with your doctor to voice your concerns. He/she may tell you that they couldn't safely cut out more and keep your blood supply healthy, or they may be willing to do a revision to bring you down more.

I'm sorry that you're not where you want to be.
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I am in the same boat. I had BR surgery July 13,2011. I was a 32G and wanted to be C cup. I am currently fitting in 34DD right now. September 13th will be two months and I have not seen a change in size. After all I went through with this surgery, I am beginning to think it was not worth it. I would like to here from someone who has truly experienced this situation and can give me some hope.
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Donna,

I am going through the same thing. Pre-surgury I spilled out of a 38DDD bra, so I am not sure what my size was. But I have been D+ my whole adult life. I asked to be at least no larger than a C and said i wouldnt complain if i turned out smaller. Post op I was a 36D and 2 months later a 36DD. Now at 8 months post op all of a sudden my boobs which were somewhat firm have gone soft and squishy and they flop and bounce all around like they did before if i jog or run a flight of stairs. I cant run and have to wear tight suffocating bras now to keep them in. And for the first time in my life I am wearing 2 bras to work out in. I have not gained weight. I cry every day. I spent over 10K for the surgery and waiting 20 yrs to have it. I thought I picked a top surgeon. I feel like I am doomed to a body i hate. I am pretty sure my husband would not support me having another surgery. I am so angry and dissapointed.
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How are you doing now, Deb972? I don't want to be disappointed either; I'm so sorry you do (or did?).
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bigboobed, I am still bordering 36DD. I don't cry every day anymore, just a few times a month now. I have hormone swings that make them swell up and I am still on a learning path to figure out which foods to avoid to try to keep them from continuing to get larger. They are smaller than they were pre-surgery but every day i fear them getting larger again. Im glad I had the surgery but wish he would have made them smaller. I still find myself looking at pre-op photos and post op photos to convince myself that they are smaller and to be greatful for that.
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Also, everyone here says that they had swelling and it went down. For me, I had zero swelling. My boobs starting increasing in size from day 5 post op and never went back down. The bra that I wore the first few weeks post op became to small 6 months later.
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I feel for you! I want to tell myself it won't happen to me or that your situation is rare, but I bet it isn't. Thank you for sharing; I'm going to try to stay positive ... Thus far, I've been going "down" little by little (the cmpression bras are less tight everyday). Good luck, hun!
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Hi, I have the same issue! I am a week post op and wanted to go from E to B. Now I am at least a big C and devastated...will it go down significantly?
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Annita,

Only being one week post op you still have quite a bit of swelling.  Give it some time and you will notice a difference.  Take a look at my pictures and how they changed from month to month and you will see what I mean. 

Another thing that helped me to see the changes was keeping a before picture along side a current pic.  The visual will perk you up:)

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Thanks so much! They also did look way smaller right before they took out the drainages, so I guess I really have to wait...it's just quite hard cause I had such great expectations, you know?
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I'm having the same problem. I had a complete meltdown last night because I was a J and wanted to be a C. I am 4 weeks post-op and am a D/DD right now. My husband reassured me that everyone (forums, PS, etc.) has said that the swelling does continue to go down significantly for the first 6 months. Someone today on a different message board said that at 1 month exactly she was a 34D, and at 5 months she was a 34C. I'm trying to be patient....
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