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Just read your comment about people not wanting you to do it and that you are fine the way they are. I completely understand how you feel. People just do not understand what it is like unless they have huge boobs. My mother in law said people would pay to look like me. I am sorry no one pays for a 36DDDD unless they are planning a future in porn. My surgery is scheduled for November 6. I can't wait to get these things off.
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Welcome to the forum kcarp:)    
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Hiya nice to hear from you. Great to hear your getting your surgery. Whatever anyone thinks it,s what,s right for you. People have no idea the diffrence with having a big bust and being huge
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I had my reduction a little over 3 weeks ago. I had a couple of people that didn't want me to do it, that I was fine the way I looked, but no one knows if they don't have large breast. I wanted to do it 10 yrs ago, but my insurance turned me down. Last month, I decided to try again. I had different insurance and was approved. I never had any doubts. I have been telling everyone for the past 10 years that one day, I would have it don't. I was excited, not scared. I had a wonderful surgeon, she made me aware of everything that could possible happen, and I still had no doubts. I was excited waiting on my day, and I have been excited ever since. I still think its a dream sometimes. I actually felt great after the almost 5 hr surgery. I was in no pain, I had no swelling, and the only thing that I wanted to complain about is having to sleep in a recliner for 6 weeks. after a few nights, that wasn't bad either. I felt so good though, that I didn't rest like I should have. Now after 3 and a half weeks, Im feeling run down. I get tired easily, which is normal, so now I am resting like I should have from the first day. Its still the best thing I have ever done for myself, I wish I was able to have it the first time I tried, but better late than never. Just the way my shirts fit now excites me. Not having to keep pushing my boobs back in my bra, or not feeling comfortable in my own home going braless, is something I never imagined that it would feel this good. Only you can make the decision, so don't let anyone talk you out of it. Its your body, and you want to be comfortable in your own skin.
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Good for you Karen. That,s how I fell excited. Because I wear good bra,s everyone was saying you don,t need a reduction. But when I showed my friend my photos that I sent to the surgeon she couldn,t ,t believe it. She said she would never have believed it was me. So as you say it,s what is best for you not everyone elsw
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Thank you Lobrown, I took before pictures too, and I only showed 2 people, and they couldn't believe it either. Like you, I Kept it hid pretty good, but I still had to live with it. Best thing I have ever done!
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i can understand all what is happening to u, same was with me everyone was like whyyyy, u look good, but without a bra for me was horrible, i know what u r feeling to be able to have a t shirt on at home and go braless, thats like awesomeeeeeeeeee d feel. i am today 2 weeks post op, i also feel tired i dont know why, but still taking it easy!
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That,s the thing even women who have normal size breasts don,t understand. How are things for you are they still swollen and sore air are they starting to look better
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That,s so great. I hope to feel the same. Not really looking forward to sleeping upright on my back as I sleep on my side. Will have to take something to help me sleep I think. I havn,t really told many people either I,m getting it done. Not even my family except for my sister who lives in Spain. I really can,t wait to be able to buy a bra off the peg and as you say not worrying about shoving them in or trying to look smaller or not wearing certain clothes cause they look bigger
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I am having a breast reduction on 9 th October in Madrid, Spain. I live in Scotland. I,m not quite sure what clothes to take with me. I am hoping that the following evening I am well enough to go out. It will be quite hot in Madrid then so can,t really wear jumpers and hoodies . Also will I be smaller or still the same size with swelling. Any suggestions
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Make sure most things are button down blouses/shirt dresses/shirts etc. I lived in 2 M&S shirt night dresses and when I left hospital I wore a stretchy vest. ( which I pulled up my legs rather than over my head) leggings and a casual plaid shirt. I was smaller but liked the extra room I had in my clothes that were loose. I wouldn't advise going out- I still feel rough now and I'm 24 and 5 days post op !
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Thanks for the comments. If I was at home I wouldn't,t but my husband is also coming and it would be nice to see a city I,ve never been in. Thing is I don,t really have many clothes that button up or down and don,t want to buy new stuff. Is it really too painful to put your arms up
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I wouldn't count on being able to go out the next day. Most people sleep and rest all day. Button down blouses are fine--try to get them slightly loose because after all, in addition to the swelling you will also have bandages that may be bulky.
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hi u need to take shirts with bottons so will be easy to wear, i dont advise u to go out for few days, as you will have to be very carefull of the stiches and not to sweat, u will not be smaller coz of the swelling, today is my 10th day post op, and now i can feel my shirts a bit looser, but the doc said that it will take me 6 months to know my real size. the first week for me was difficult, i did not go out of the house , only i use to go to c my doctor, best of luck !!!!
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my doc told me that after surgery to get like a shirt with buttons coz it would be difficult to wear anything else, i also did not have any shirt, so went and got only 2 shirts for that week! for me it was not painfull to put arms up, but when u sleep is the problem, as u have to be on u r back, till d doc says u can sleep on d side!
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It's not that it's painful, which you will feel later, but you can snap the inner and outer stitches (if you have outer ones). You do not want to pull anything even muscles. I had lipo under my arms and it's another reason not to lift your are until a couple of months. Your PC should tell you this.
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I used pillows under my arms, under my knees and 2 pillows under my head, so I did not need to sleep in a recliner.
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Also, any exertion you do, you will pay later. The pain does not come while you are doing your activities, but when you relax. Please be very careful, maybe you can go to Spain a couple of days before, if that's an option. Sweating can cause infection.
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I never had any button up clothing. I put a t-shirt on right from the hospital. I didn't have a lot of bandaging and no bra. I just had some gauze and tegaderm. I didn't gave any issues lifting my arms. I was just careful. Hope this helps.
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Everyone heals differently. I was good to go out the next day.
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I guess this just goes to show that different surgeons use very different aftercare! I had lots of gauze and padding topped by an ace bandage, which was very bulky. The best thing for OP to do is ask her own plastic surgeon what to expect.
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I was thinking that since I,m having a 50% reduction taking account of the swelling then it should balance out and my old clothes will fit. I,m having my op early on the Thursday so thought maybe come the Friday evening might feel a wee bit better but doesn,t seem like it. I,m starting to panic a bit as I have to get a flight back to Scotland on the Sunday which is 3 days later
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This sounds a bit more positive. Think I.m getting mixed reviews. The Q&A from the docs on this site say that most women can go back to work a few days after that,s why I thought I would maybe ok to go out the next evening
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Hiya, thanks for all your advice. It is really helpful. It,s great to talk with women who have had it done.
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Im thinking of having a breast reduction but also very scared by the thought. I'm 5.2 and at the moment I'm a 32FF. I feel very uncomfortable in my own body but at the same time I am worried that a BR is a huge step and I might regret it or have terrible scars. I have 2 10 minute free meetings this week with 2 different surgeons to see if I want to make a proper consultation with one of them. I've read about doing lots of research but when I tried to find out about all the surgeons in my area I couldn't find anything. I don't know anyone else who has done this and when I try to talk to my friends they try to talk me out of it. Does anyone have any advice ? How did you finally make the decision to do it?
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