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Breast Reduction - Atlanta, GA

This is my second time around. I had a breast...

This is my second time around. I had a breast reduction twelve years ago, went down to a D cup, after getting pregnant my breast grew back to a whopping 36h cup. So here I go again with severe back and neck pain and under breast rash. I am paying out of pocket because my insurance company did not approve my procedure. This is so worth it for me to get this done.
This site and people reviewing their experiences has helped tremendously, so thank you.

Counting down

less than 24hrs to the new boobies, getting a bit nervous but more excited. I got my supplies, thanks for the tips. My p.s. prescribed me Ultram for pain and zofran for nausea as I have a problem with most narcotics. I'm making Jamaican style chicken and veggie soup to section out for first few days. My daughter will be my helper, I am very thankful for that.

Im on the other side...thank god.

Well today was surgery day, got to the outpatient center at 6:15, nurse was amazing at starting the iv...gave me a bolus of normal saline..p.s. came in and made his drawings, spoke to the anesthesiologist...last thing I remember was lying on the bed in O.R..
Woke up in recovery room..minimal pain...hurts more to move...I got real dizzy when when I sat up because my blood pressure got low..had to stay an additional 2hrs until that was better..the Tramadol and zofran are working good so far..
Overall not bad..did not see the boobies yet, due to bandages. I also have two drains that will be emptied three times a day if full and less time if not. I have my post op visit on 12/26/13..
Thank you ladies for the well wishes..pictures to come..

Day one post op.

Well last night was not bad..I'm really staying on to of pain meds...so pain is minimal...also drinking lots of water cause I'm dizzy when I stand....the ultram really works well..for those of you that gets nauseous with narcotics...I'm also taking zofran with it to prevent nausea..moving around to prevent blood clots and deep breathing and coughing to prevent pneumonia..no appetite so far..eating minimal so I don't get too weak..

post op day one

Day two post op

Well I slept much better last night..I rubbed Arnica cream on the Lipo areas around my armpit and on the breast not the incision, felt so good..pain is minimal about a 2/10. I'm still taking Ultram pain med around the clock..and drinking plenty of fluids...I have noticed a ringing in the ear, which is kind of strange.drains are still in and draining around fifty mod per day, so not time to take them out yet..
I have yet to see the tattas because of the bandages..but drainage at all on the bandages...one thing thats killing me is not able to shower until drains out..
Overall not bad..

Post op dsy day 3

My appetite is not back yet..so today I'm feeling weak..another thing is I'm taking stool softener and still have not been able to go bathroom...I'm still drinking lots but that is definitely an issue..
Last night I decided to come off the pain meds and oh boy was I swore this morning...another thing I did was undress by my self and almost fainted..I became dizzy.cold and sweaty...had to lie on bathroom floor..family was upset at me for not getting their help....feeling a lot better now, took pain pill...but still bloated.

four days post

Felt pretty weak today...appetite still not back but I forced myself to eat something every 3hours and it seem to be working..also woke up with low grade temp.99.3..so I walk around more today..took Motrin 800mg instead of the ultram..snuck a peek at the new boobies..from what I can see they seem perky...could not see nipple or scar so I'm going to hold my excitement until Thursday the 26th...look like a large C or small D. I would be happy either way...as long as it's not the old ones..lol..I will post a pic of the peek..

post op day 5

The drains are out...was not bad at all...I thought it would be so painful but it wasnt..they removed all the surgical dressings...so I finally saw my boobies for the first time and boy are they perky...the right one looks larger than the left and my left nipple is inverted...they told me not to worry it will eventually come out and the swelling will take care of the asymmetry...my incision is T shape...happy about that...
Energy level is significantly higher today...the fresh air does a lot for the psychi..

Asymetry on day five..

Anyone have this problem with one breast larger than the other..did it self correct or did you need a revision..

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feeling good on day six

had my first shower after surgery...felt wonderful...slept for the first time in my bed...my appetite is slowly increasing...went on the scale this morning and I was down 10 lbs...this is mainly from lack of appetite...my spirits this am is good...I am still happy I had my surgery..my healing is coming along quite well..no oozing...no opening...just major swelling and the asymmetry and inverted nipples...going back
to p.s. this Thursday..so will discuss more on that subject...will keep you updated
on that...
For now I'm gratefull for my health and my current progress..oh tried on this medium genie bra...it fits and comfy....

post op day 8

Visit the p.s. office today and went over my concerns with inverted nipple...which he confirmed that in time it will self correct..this happened because of the amount of trauma from surgery...he used Lipo and tissue removal and a lot of molding to get the upper poll fullness I wanted and now I just need to have patience that my breast will heal and be even and everted in time...I can drive now..pull things over
my head without straining ofcourse and Tylenol as needed for pain...I am going to
be taped with brown tape for the next six weeks or longer to keep my incisions
flat..so far no reaction to the tape..the swelling is going down on my breast...I
snuck a bra fitting in Wal-Mart and I am fitting in a 36 D...or a 38C...even with all the
swelling...so happy...I feel really good...no more pain in my shoulders, back or
neck...my breasts feel extremely light. ...can't wait until I can go back to running except this time will be different...no more double bras and sports bra to keep things in place...welcome to lighter and brighter days...

Just to add

I am using Arnica Montana tabs under the tongue and Aribica mek on the actual breast to help decrease the swelling...it also helps with pain...

just to add

I meant Arnica Montana gel on the actual breast...

Two weeks post

Each day has been different for me with this recovery...sometimes I feel weak...low grade fever and emotional...I realized I was not moving enough...and also obsessing about my boobs...I had to snap out of that...
Now it looks as if the swelling is going down..the shape is getting better...even the
nipple is starting to poke out...I can now
imagine what another two weeks will bring.
I tried on a few dresses bra-less...felt
amazing...for moisture and scar
treatment..I'm using the palmers scar treatment oil...and also still taping with
brown tape...changed the tape today and
everything is looking good with the
healing...just continuing to have positive
thoughts and hope all will work out for the
best.

three weeks post..

I can't believe it's been three weeks already...the next time I will see my p.s. will be the 21st...I must say I feel really good...I think I am about 80% back to normal...my breasts really have not change much between weeks two and three...still pretty swollen...nipple coming out slowly...symmetry not as bad as week one but still there...I know I'm swollen but breast looks still big to me...the smaller breast is more what I want so maybe I will get my wish...the zingers is on a rampage...I massage my breast which helps with those...still sleeping on my back cause side hurts...seems like I'm tearing my stitches when I try...my appetite is back...bowels are finally working normal....I'm driving even though long driving leaves me sore and uncomfortable...
As far as my incisions they seem to be ok...I've decided to not use the tape around the nipples...the black adhesive from surgery is still there...so I'm going to let them air for a while...I go back to work in three weeks...I turn forty this week...so happy I did this for my self...

Five weeks post...

What a difference two weeks make...I am healing well...scars are minimal...the inverted nipple has resolved...yaaay...thebreast are evening out but the swelling is still there...he said because of the lipo the swelling will stay much longer...closer to six months before final bra size and shape...after that he will do whatever needs to done to make me happy...I liked hearing that..I like a
doctor that stands behind his work...I finally got some answers re/ to how much...so here goes...right breast 538gm...left 548gm...Lipo 250ml each and he
did a superior pedicule approach lejour technique...he stated to avoid bottoming out....
I started walking the neighborhood and it feels real good...I'm going back to gym tomorrow and I return to work on Monday the 27th...I'm sleeping comfortable on my side...full range of motion with my arms and alternating between bio oil and Vit E oil palmers for scar treatment...
I have a regular fashion show at the house because everything fits so nice...I'm a bit of a shopaholic haha..so don't have to buy anything but underwire bras when the time comes....life is just great right now...feeling so happy about the surgery...
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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thanks so much for this, glad you are doing so well. i am having second reduction in 2 days time, also based on superior pedicle.
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That's a good approach results suppose to last longer...you will do great.
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Very nice!!
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Thank you.
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If you don't mind me asking why did the insurance company deny you. By the way you look great!!! Hope the swelling is done!
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They wanted me to get physical therapy for six months...Motrin for six months twice per day and back specialist to state their was no other reason for back pain...I simply refused to do all that...thanks..p.s. said swelling for upto six months...
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You look amazing :) happy early birthday!!
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Thank you..
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You're looking great! :) Keep positive!!!
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Thanks I will.
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You look good
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Thank you.
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Thank you..
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You do look great. We were the same size pre surgery and had ou rsurgeries around the same time. How much did you have removed
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Thanks...I asked the surgeon at my last appointment..he said he will tell me at my next....all I know is he did Lipo and tissue removal...I do still feel big tho but I am super swollen still so will be patient...they do look smaller in clothes...that is where I can tell the most...how are you feeling in this third week?
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This week.... I'm feeling emotional and huge. I even had a mini breakdown with my PS on the phone yesterday. She assured me it's swelling and I will be a large c maybe a d. I fit a 38dd at vs 2 weeks post op. I had over 900 removed from each. How are you feeling?
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Anddddd on top of that my right left breast is now bigger than the right. The dr said it's not infected or anything, it could be that I layed on it or somehow irritated it. But it just happened Monday. I think i am more swollen this week because I went back to work on Monday. I know we have to be patient, but I can't phantom having these them remain this size after such and intense procedure.
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My p.s assured me that there is still a lot of swelling and same for me..somehow this week I feel huge...each day my emotions are different...I'm trying to keep positive and not too stress over what I can't change...my scars are neat and clean...no openings...soreness only when I try to do too much...I kinda want to get to where I just really love them...
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VS is probably not the best spot to bra shop...the shape of our breast is round and most of those bras will fit a more narrow breast...I tried on a simple bra at Wal-Mart and I fit in a 36D..38C...but I'm sure vs would probably fit Me in a DD as well...so I'm staying away from there for now...I hope the next week will bring cheers...you going back to work def. Will impact the swelling issue...
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I get you totally as far as getting to a point where you love them. You are having a great recovery, I have a couple small openings, but they are closing pretty quickly. I think we are having the week 3 blues... But we'll make it thru.
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I agree. I'll try for bras later. I'm looking forward to lots of changes this week, hopefully during the weekend when I'm off my boobies will get to regroup. I hope you have a great week too. I'll check in on you. :)
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Hey girl, you look wonderful. I'm sure you have swelling still but wow, you look even to me! You look great. Are you feeling ok? My zingers have stopped, I'm 7 weeks post op now ( hard to believe) I am feeling much better, and my energy is returning. Still can't sleep on my side though, but soon I hope!! Happy Birthday to you!
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Thank you...still waiting for the nipple to completely resurface...the asymmetry is definitely improving...and those zingers..oh boy...massaging the breast when they start helps...glad everything is getting back to normal for you...
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You are looking great :-)
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Thank you...I'm still concerned with the nipple but I figured only time will tell...
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