Welcome to RealSelf's Breast Reduction Community!

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I'm Kim, the Breast Reduction Community Manager, and I'm here to help you find...
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  • support, and
  • answers to guide you through your breast reduction journey.
More about me. I am...
  • 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 had BR 6 days ago and I feel that my PS definitely neglected to tell me very much about the recovery process. I had surgery done on Thursdayand he said I could return to work on Monday but could not drive for one week. He said that I wouldn't have pain I would just be uncomfortable. I returned to work on monday and was absolutely miserable, tired, dizzy, nauseaus, and the swelling and soreness was really never discussed. I am going on vacation in 4 weeks and really hoping to be able to enjoy my self but, with the way I feel now I'm worried. Does anyone out there have any insight on when I might feel better?
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Well, I go and meet with HR about my FMLA leave tomorrow. Luckily I will be able to get paid for my time off since I have accumulated enough hours to take 4 weeks off. I hope that I will feel good enough by week 4 to be able to go out and treat myself to a little shopping spree. I can't wait to see all of the cute clothes that I will be able to choose from now! I can see now that this is going to do wonders for my self esteem.
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That's amazingly good news! Now the work up to the big event! My surgery is in exactly 2 weeks today! Feeling so excited now and a bit nervous of course, but I think I'm more nervous about the anaesthetic than the "after"! Good luck!
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Hi! I had my breast reduction on June 25....and today I found out I am pregnant! This was obviously not planned and quite a surprise as I thought we were done at 3! I loved breastfeeding my kiddos and am feeling quite sad that it will be unlikely this time. I have heard there is a 50 50 chance that it will work and I have heard that it is rare. Anyone have anything on this?
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I was told that if you were successful in breast feeding the first three you should be fine unless you had a free nipple graft?
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That is good to hear. I did not have a free nipple graft. :) And, I never had any issues with milk supply with the others...I always had more than enough! :)
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Lol! My Br and TT was Feb 6th and surprise, I'm 6 weeks pregnant. More worried that I'm going to have enormous breasts again than any problems BFing. My son was big so I had to supplement with him while nursing. He was always hungry. Should be interesting to see what happens this time. Hoping I'm not ruining the surgeons handiwork but then things happen unexpectedly and I prefer to look at this as a blessing. Good luck to you!
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Hello all of you lovely, beautiful RS ladies! Well my surgery date has been confirmed for September 23. My pre-op appointment is on September 10. I won't find out the time of my surgery until the week before. I'm hoping to get something a little later in the morning. I have a little dog that is diabetic so I need to make sure that she is good to go before I leave. My fiancee will be there during my recovery, but he is disabled and I worry about him trying to do everything. Luckily, his family lives on the same road and they can help some. Some of my co-workers have also offered to help out if I need them to. It feels really great to have all of this support, including all of the support from everyone here on RS. After being on here for a while, I know that this is going to change my life for the better. It is thanks to all of you that have given me the courage and strength to go on and keep fighting until my insurance approved me. My deepest thanks, to each and every one of you.
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Congratulations! The day will be here and you'll be recovering before you know it.
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Yes, I know, lol. Already counting down - 5 more weeks. I'm still just really excited, not nervous at all. The nerves probably won't kick in until the week before, or at least the day before. But it will be more from excitement than anything else.
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I am within the first week of recovery, and I have my first post-op appointment tomorrow morning. For the most part everything has been going smoothly, but I had some questions... 1- When did you start feeling "not fragile" if that makes any sense? It's been about 4 days since my surgery and I feel like a weakling lol! I feel very helpless and that if I make the wrong move that something will happen and I will mess up the procedure. 2- When did you get back to your normal activities like work, being in public, and feeling normal per say? I guess with me I am just impatient, and I want to get back to my normal life right away. I am just stressing about getting back to school, walking around and being able to do activities with my sorority, and eventually exercise. 3- When I went to take my first shower I just cried ridiculously. I have read that "your body has been through a trauma-a loss- which I understand. I just feel overwhelmed with the fact that my breasts look so ugly at this point and stress that they will not look normal again. 4- Overall, how would you describe your entire recovery? Like I said, I feel very weak and helpless honestly. If I make the wrong move I'll mess something up or give myself pain somewhere. 5- Any tips you can give me about this whole process would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you! Sydney
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I was about a week post op before I started feeling better. It's baby steps, don't do anymore than you think you can do. I tried going shopping when I wasn't ready, and I was a mess.
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Hi Luv BR is an intense operation and it was at least 2 weeks till I didn't feel fragile. I started taking walks about 9 days after, but got tired really fast--that lasted about a month. It wasn't until 6 weeks when my dr said I could now do anything that I went back to hip hop classes and hot yoga--I'm a teacher so I am on summer break. But even at 6 weeks it was intense going back to yoga and dance, I had to back off a bit. Since youre in college I am probably twice your age so you'll heal faster and about 3-4 weeks start liking the look of the new girls. Reading this forum really helps a lot.
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I'm in the first week of recovery, and so far everything has been going decently... 1- When did you start feeling "not fragile" if that makes any sense? It's been about 4 days since my surgery and I feel like a weakling lol! I feel very helpless and that if I make the wrong move that something will happen and I will mess up the procedure. 2- When did you get back to your normal activities like work, being in public, and feeling normal per say? I guess with me I am just impatient, and I want to get back to my normal life right away. I am just stressing about getting back to school, walking around and being able to do activities with my sorority, and eventually exercise. 3- When I went to take my first shower I just cried ridiculously. I have read that "your body has been through a trauma-a loss- which I understand. I just feel overwhelmed with the fact that my breasts look so ugly at this point and stress that they will not look normal again. 4- Overall, how would you describe your entire recovery? Like I said, I feel very weak and helpless honestly. If I make the wrong move I'll mess something up or give myself pain somewhere. 5- Any tips you can give me about this whole process would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you! Sydney
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3 mos. post op. Nipples grafted and were very sensitive, not they are not. Should I use scar away on them to help them feel softer and normal again??
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Was gonna ask when can u start using the scar cream? And lotion cause there flaky now and dry?
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once the basic healing has happened and everything is sealed, at least 4 weeks post op and maybe longer for FNG, you can use creams or oils to moisturise and work on the scarring.
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Try using either the Bio Oil or Palmer's Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil.  I did massage on mine using both oils and it helped greatly.   
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I read somewhere that a gal on RS had found the "GAP no underwire bra" ( not sure if that's the exact name ) had found that was the "best bra EVER". Don't know if it's ok right away? But she started wearing that after her reduction. Maybe look into that? Just thought I'd pass that along.
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Thanks. I really do appreciate all of the support that I have received here on RS. I have been researching post-surgical bras since I learned of my approval. I know that my surgeon will put one on me the day after surgery, when the tubes are removed. I'm not sure if I will be given an extra one or not. I've also heard that the Hane's sports bras are good and supportive. The thing I'm looking forward to is being able to go into Victoria's Secret and being able to buy matching bra and panty sets. It's something that I've always wanted to do, but never could. I know that it will be a few months before I can do that though.
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Very exciting!!! :).
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OMG!!!!! Just got a call from my insurance company - the denial was overturned! I've been approved!!!! I am SO happy right now, and excited, and nervous! I know that this is going to be life-changing for me, and I can hardly wait!
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Congratulations!!!
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Thanks. It seems like I've been waiting a lifetime for this.
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I am so happy for you!
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