I am less than two weeks away from my BR surgery date. I'm nervous! Advice for post op recovery?

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Hi ladies, don't know if any of you are still using this page? I had a breast reduction two weeks 2moro!!! Just couldn't believe how painless it has been!!!???? I went from a 32hh to hopefully a 32dd so I've lost 4 and half sizes!!! 600grams :) happy happy happy!!! X
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Thanks Bonnie! I checked online and holy cow some of the pre-formed (i believe it was rejuveness) was outragous! I called and asked walgreens and they didnt have it, but may need to call around to some other pharmacies. Thanks for your help!
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lol - I did a double take of those prices, too. I'm thinking I may go halfway and just get the preformed aureola circles but use the less expensive sheets/strips cut down for the 'straight-aways.' Or I suppose I could get a sheet and cut my own circles using a glass and exacto knife.
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It is day 8 post op. Had my stitches out on Thursday. Overall doing REALLY well! Dr. told me i can start sleeping on my side and that is helping me a lot. still wake up several times and have to re-adjust to get comfortable. My main concern at this point is that i have a couple of spots along the incision under my left breast that the scar does not feel flat. One spot is about half an inch and the other is even smaller. Will these areas flatten out? My nurse said to use paper tape over the incisions to help with scarring for the first couple weeks after stitches are removed. After that she said i could use either Mederma or Vitamin E oil. Just curious if anyone else had the "puckering" along parts of their incision and whether or not they flattened out. Feeling more normal everyday now.
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Ask your doctor about silicon gels or strips. Mine told me the latest research says silicon is best for flattening out raised scars.
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where do you get the silicon gel strips? Do you have to order them or can you get them at the pharmacy/wal-mart?

I just remove the steri-strips because they were coming off and put paper tape over the incisions. The incisions under my breast are raised somewhat. I know these scars are under the breast, but would like to have the best possible result.....
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They had some sheets at CVS in my town, and you can cut them into strips and tape them down. They were in the same section as other scar treatment products. You can also go on Amazon and search for 'silicone scar' and you'll see some different products. One company sells them in long strips so you won't have to cut down a sheet. Some are even shaped like the anchor incision.

My doctor recommended the company Biodermis, (he assured me he had no financial interest in their company) but they were awfully pricey. Especially since their forms were only good up to 2 weeks. Another company is Rejuveness - still pricey, but at least their sheets are good for the duration of the treatment (12 weeks seems to be the most quoted time period.) There are gels out there, but my doctor recommended sheeting or strips because a gel would rub off under the bra.

BTW: I'm not a doctor, I'm only passing on what mine told me, although my poking around on the internet seems to back up what he told me. Good luck!
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Thanks everyone! Had a rough day today. Went to work for a meeting and think i overdid it. When will i start feeling normal? Stitches come out tomorrow. Itching like crazy today! Everything feels incredibly tight. No more pain meds for me. Tylenol only. Sleep is still rough cause im still propped up on my back. Overall very pleased!
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Yes, I would say take it really easy for a while. I went back to my desk job after 2 weeks off, and half days would probably have been more realistic. When I mentioned that to my doctor, he said the anesthesia can take a while to completely clear your system. Also, you did go through a lot and your energy reserves may be used up faster than you think. By week 4 I was feeling more normal and at the start of week 5 I was able to begin very light exercise again (walking and lower body toning.) Everyone is a different, though, so just listen to your body.

The itching was something else again, and it didn't help that the post-surgical bra they gave me was not very soft. Still, it got better after my doctor removed the tape and the stitches were gone, and now it hardly bothers me at all. So remember this too shall pass.

I was really tight the first couple of weeks, too. I thought: holy cow, these things are like vulcanized rubber! Now the swelling is going down and I'm taking on a more natural feel and shape. I think you'll be even happier with the results as time goes on.
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First couple days were pretty good! Third day my bruising started setting in. Pain meds help alot. Just really tender. Go thurs for suture removal. Now that surgery is over i want to go shopping! You can tell a big difference even w swelling. They are small n perky. I know its going to take time for final results but im very pleased so far!
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That is excellent news.  Yes you do feel like a new woman:) 
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Congratulations! I'm three weeks out now, so I'm glad to hear your recovery is going so well.
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You are going to do beautifully. Nerves are normal so just take a deep breath. I will be thinking about you and sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

I will be excited to hear from you after.
Hugs
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It's surgery eve now! All day i've been on the verge of tears cause i'm so nervous! I know it will all be okay - just the what if's......

Kiddos are staying with a close friend so i will have the evening to clean and do last minute stuff. We have to leave very early in the a.m. since i am first case.

I will post as soon as i am able and feeling up to it. Thank you so much for your advice and support thus far!
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Thinking about you and hope you are resting and comfortable.
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It's 3:30 a.m. post op! Feeling pretty good! Did not have drains -whew! like you said, sore not pain. My breasts look very nice - better than i expected for day one. The nipples are pink - good blood flow to that area. Shooting pains occasional. Getting around is not so bad. biggest complaints are having a headache and the soreness under the breast incision site. Thinking about putting maxi pads along the bottom of my bra to help prevent friction from the surgical bra (something thicker than the gauze they put there). Keeping up with pain meds help alot too! I have had great support. Thanks for thinking of me! Continue sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery.
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How are you doing today my dear?
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Holy Moly - surgery day after tomorrow. Finally got the cleaning bug! Tingles in the pit of my stomach. I don't think I'll be able to sleep tomorrow night!
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You are going to do just fine:)   It is all very exciting and the tingles are totally normal. 

Don't worry if you can't sleep tomorrow night.  You will have plenty of time to rest the next couple of weeks.

I am sending good thoughts your way:)

Hugs
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I spoke with my PS's nurse today. She said that with regard to the drains, he uses them if there is a significant amount of bleeding during surgery that would warrent it, otherwise he will not place drains. I also asked about sutures. Definitely does not use staples (i've seen pictures of some BR patients that have staples - ouch!) She said he uses dissolving stitches except for the vertical incision beneath the nipples.
Can you think of anything else that I need to ask?
Just a few more days......
Still waiting for the cleaning surge to hit - hasn't happened yet ;o)
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I had my reduction 3 weeks ago. I have always slept on my side so sleeping on my back is an adjustment. I got a bed wedge and since it was too hard I put a soft pillow on top of it. I have a pillow wedged up on either side of me for resting my elbows on and to keep me from rolling over in the night. I have a big pillow under my knees. Basically I turned my bed into a huge recliner. ;) It's still not the same as sleeping on my side, but I just keep telling myself it's temporary.

I asked my doctor about scar treatment and vitamin E oil, and he says the latest research actually indicates silicon gel or sheeting is best for scar reduction. We'll be talking more about it this week when I see him again and we make sure my incisions are closed up completely.
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Bonnie did you have stitches? if so, how soon did they come out?? Also, did you have drains? I know some surgeons put them in and some don't. question i need to ask this week prior to surgery so i know what to expect. He didnt say that i would so i'm assuming not....

I also borrowed a reading pillow from my mom-in-law to help prop me up in the bed. I guess i'm just going to have a throne of pillows! Ha!

Kimmers - i bought my frozen peas and corn today!
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My doctor used dissolving stitches, so there won't be anything to pull out. He used a strong tape that's kind of papery on top, and I still have that on. I think that's to minimize pulling of the skin along the incisions. I can shower as long as I don't scrub over the surgery site (who would want to? Yikes!) The tape is coming up a bit after 3 weeks. I peeled it back a little yesterday on one corner (I couldn't stand the suspense.) Everything looks really good; just a thin seam and no visible sutures. He'll be taking all the tape off when I see him in a few days, and if everything is fully closed we can talk about treating the site for reducing scars.

I did have drains, although not every doctor uses them. I couldn't shower while they were in, so fortunately my doctor removed them 3 days after the surgery. By then I wasn't draining much, so I didn't need them anymore. They were a little awkward, but they hung off my surgical bra and I wasn't moving around much anyway so it wasn't like they were going to be pulled out by accident. One thing: if you do get them and your doctor offers to numb up the site before s/he removes them, take them up on the offer. One of my drains got a little stuck and he had to do some pulling to get it out. I'm very glad I had the numbing shot first!
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All right!  Good job:)  You will be glad to have the frozen vegetables after.  Cold feel soooo good after surgery.
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Thank you both very much. My biggest concern pre-op is the risks involved with anesthesia. I am married and mother of two (10 and 4). My husband is very supportive - knowing that I have dealt with the aches and pains associated with large breast. I am a 40DD and told my PS that I would like to be a B or small C. My fear is that he will not remove enough and I will still be large. I've been large my whole life and just want them gone. My post-operative fears are not associated with scarring rather skin sloughing/dead tissue. I'm not a smoker so, of course that reduces my risk of such complications. Now that my surgery is one week away, having surgery consumes my thoughts. I am an art teacher - elementary and middle school. Plan on taking one week off. How horrible is sleeping?? I'm a side/stomach sleeper.......so many thoughts!!
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