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I'm Kim, the Breast Reduction Community Manager, and I'm here to help you find...
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  • a tummy tuck and breast reduction recipient
  • I am a 49 year old wife and mother who decided it was time to take her body back.  My passion is to support,
    encourage, educate and guide RealSelf users through their process
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I just wanted to mention how nice it is to fit into a regular bathing suit. Have been after my hubby to go to Florida because I am so sick of snow. My old suits were DD special suits. Also it's a lot cheaper too. Ordered a bunch online at Kohls and I like them all. Now I have to narrow it down to 3 or 4 suits. Didn't want to try on at store because I covered up incisions with dressings so I wouldn't get infection from the suits. What a nice problem to have!! I even got a halter top which I couldn't hold the girls up with for at least 30yrs!! LOL
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Sweet!!!   Another good place to get suits is Macy's after the season.  Last year I went in August and got 7 suits and 3 cover ups for a whopping cost of $77.00.   They were all 80% off the rack price.  

I am leaving for the Dominican in a month and having a blast going through the swim suit drawer:)
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Had BR 3 and half months ago, everything is good, when can I go without a bra for any length of time, maybe 3 to 4 hours and in bed at night? Thank you
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My doctor had told me to wear my bra as much as I could the first 6 months post op. 
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Hi RS...I had a TT, LIpo, & reduction on 2/27...I have an appt tomorrm w/my Dr, but I was just wondering if anyone could give me some advice and ease my mind...my husband was helping me up and I reached up instead of level....I feel like I hurt myself...it hurts pretty bad. Anybody else have this happen? Thx you in advance for any input.
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You probably just pulled an already sore spot.  When you see the doctor mention this to them.   My body hurt all over for a while with just normal activity.  Don't panic...
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Thx Kimmers25! Fingers crossed.,,I think your right
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Let me know who everything goes at the doctor.
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Hi Kimmer25, he said everything looks great and normal...of course I keep panicking..started the lymphatic massages...first one hurt like h*ll, she really "man handled" (pardon the expression) the twins (Fun to say now that they actually match and are smaller) and I was super sore for 2 days...did great yesterday and had another one w/ultrasound...we'll see how I feel tomorrow! Thx your kind words!
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Oh boy....yikes you do not need more pain!  Thank you for checking back in with me and letting me know.  

Hang on and things will get better.  
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VIckyyaa, hang in there. I am 22 days post op tummy tuck and breast reduction. I was a 34G in UK size bras. I am 45 years old and had been wanting a breast reduction for many years. As years went by it seemed like my breasts kept getting bigger and then I started developing eczema from the wire in my bras. I had started running regularly and the doctors initially thought it was yeast since I live in hot and humid Florida. Putting the medicine on caused bleeding and a lot of pain. At that point I decided that it was time and I could not go on with the shoulder, neck pain and also constant bleeding, itching rashes. I was self pay and it was the best money I have ever spent. I am now not self conscious and am looking forward to being given the ok to start running again in 2 weeks. I am currently a D cup and still have curves but its now not obscene when I put on a swimsuit and I will not have to layer so much to hide. It is a complete change for me but a very welcome. The breast reduction was much less painful than the tummy tuck. Only issue I have had is nerve regeneration pain but honestly I am thankful the nerves are coming back. Must say the marena bra that everyone has suggested is fabulous! Thank you everyone. So happy I did it. Looking forward to running without having to bind myself and wear multiple bras. Hoping this will be the catalyst to get into better shape. Go to the doctor and see what your options are then you can decide what you want to do. Good luck and hang in there!!
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Quick question, how long does it take to learn to stand up straight with shoulders back? I am 22 days post op tt and breast reduction. I can stand up straight but I have noticed that my many years of turning my shoulders in from the weight of large breasts have made it a habit. I know I will have to retrain my back and shoulder muscles now that two lbs has been removed. I'm approximately a D cup now and will likely be a C when all swelling is down. So happy I did it! Any suggestions on how to get myself to stand up straight and not slouch. I was never able to stand up straight for very long before as it would cause pain. Thanks and happy healing!!
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It took a few months. Another surprise I was not prepared for was my center of gravity shifting. I was a bit clumsy for the first 2 months until I realized that the pressure spots in my shoes were entirely different. It was as though I was wearing someone else's shoes and using someone else's feet. I used the universal to strengthen my rear shoulder muscles. This pushed my shoulders back. Then, I bought new shoes......that was fun! Once you get the ok from doctors start the muscle exercises.
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This is something you need to be conscious of.  You really need to focus on posture and teach yourself.  It was such a natural habit for years and this is hard to break.  Your body naturally wants to go back to the old position.  Focus on standing up straight, with shoulders back.  
You will get there but this will take time.
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I am a little over 10 weeks post op and still learning how to stand up straight. I started yoga biweekly about 4 weeks in for the first time and it is helping. I feel like my muscles were usually very tight from bearing all that weight, so the stretching helps, and the poses are helping me find my new center of gravity. If you don't want to spend the money on a class, there are many DVDs for purchase or free instructional videos on YouTube.
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I totally agree! I have relied on yoga to help me cope with scoliosis and size 36DDD "girls". It helped me improve my posture a lot, which help alleviate back aches. Nonetheless, my BR is scheduled for April 8 :)
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I had my BR on 2/5 and saw PS yesterday for first postop visit. He tried to aspirate fluid from each breast and didnt get anything. Today both breasts are swollen with indentations from bra. Of course it is Saturday, what should I do. The aspiration hurt so bad, can they use lidocaine first?
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The darn swelling can really hurt for a while.  Lay some bags of frozen peas on top of your breasts.  Sounds strange I know but they make really good ice packs.  
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doctor said no ice because he wants good circulation to nipples. I put on a looser bra because he doesn't want tight bras on and the swelling has gone down. It's odd the way PS do things different. So far it will be 2 weeks on Wednesday and steristrips are intact and no drainage at all.
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Definitely no ice directly on the skin.  I always used it over the bra.  Yes, they are all different in the approach. 
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thank you for all your excellent advice, it's appreciated!!
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No problem:)
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I am scheduled for March 3rd and I can't wait but I'm a little nervous
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update: 3/6. My surgery was 3/3 and today is Day 3 and feeling ok. I am a little sore because my surgeon lipo my side and took the rolls. One side is more bruise than the other but I am doing fairly well. I get the drains out tomorrow, Friday.
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The lipo areas can really sting for a while.  Do you feel a burning sensation?
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