13 weeks post op - Atlanta, GA

My name is Anna and I am 40 yrs old. I am the...

My name is Anna and I am 40 yrs old. I am the mother of 4 year old twins who i adore. The years have not been kind to the boobies and lets just say they are south of the border and extremely large. I am large too though at 230lbs. I need to lose weight also which for some reason i just cannot motivate myself to do. My back and neck hurt constantly and I actually think I am leaning forward all the time. I can't wait to take my bra off at night, but then when i do i find myself holding them up with my hands as they are just too heavy to be hanging there on their own. They are very sad excuses for boobs and they make me sad. I can't stand to look at them and even though i know my husband loves me and doesn't care i feel i need to hold them up even in front of him. I have recently lost 15lbs and know from past experience it does not matter how much i lose they are always going to be huge and saggy.

I have been contemplating having it done for years and just never really felt as if i deserved it due to the fact that I am fat. But you know what.. I do deserve it as does everyone else. We do not deserve to not be able to walk into a store and buy a bra that is under $80 that actually fits. The last 2 bras i brought had 4 hooks and eyes and were over $100 each and although they are pretty lace they are basically just scaffolding.

So... I did some research and found a Dr that has really good reviews, great before and after pics and is Board certified. Better yet he accepts my Insurance. I had my initial consultation yesterday. He said that he will take about 500-600 from each one. I am hopeful that the insurance company will allow me to have it done. I do have a $1500 deductible but it will be so worth it.

Fingers crossed that I can have it done around the start of November. They said that they usually hear back from the insurance company within a few weeks and then i can schedule it for a couple of weeks out. I am so excited and cannot wait. I see where lots of women on here are apprehensive that they are doing the right thing. I am not. I know I am doing the right thing. I can't wait to be able to sit and stand up straight. And to be able to wear halter necks. I feel like I am carrying a bag of groceries around my neck every-time I have tried to wear one.

Once I have had the reduction I plan on losing about 50lbs. I have always been large and cannot imagine being 120lbs.. Although I am large I have always stayed very active and used to do a lot of mountain biking before the kids came a long. Not so much since as its hard with them. But we also snowboard (in season) hike and play disc golf. I would love it if after I have lost my weight I go down to a B or so... I am so over the boobs I can't begin to tell you. In fact I just went for my first Mammogram today also. Thats not a nice experience for those under 40s women that have not had one yet. It just made me hate my boobs even more having them pancaked between too slabs. In fact I am just totally ashamed of them. I think I already said that.. But I am.

Well that's my story and I will let you know what happens and when and when I know that I am able to have it done I will post pics. For now.. The less people see them the better :)

I have been sitting here reading Aetnas...

I have been sitting here reading Aetnas requirements for an approval They require evidence of at least a year of trying other methods of relief.. (Like there are any??) So now I am off to my Primary Care Dr today to see if I can get a letter from him. It sucks as I have never mentioned my back and shoulder problems to him due to the fact that its really only a concern of the chiropractor. So I guess we will see how that goes. But the more ammo I can get to submit the better. I really hope that i don't have to fight for this. There is no way we can pay out of pocket.

Just got back from my Primary care Dr and he is...

Just got back from my Primary care Dr and he is more than happy to oblige. He said to give him till next Wednesday to do the letter, but I would rather wait for that and have a better chance of getting approved than submitting without it and risk having to appeal a denial. I am not the most patient person and want everything immediately, so i will try and cool my jets for a week or so.

Welcome!  Wishing you all of the best with your approval!! Have you seen a chiropractor? If so maybe submit a letter from him as well. Some insurance companies will take that into account as well. Please let us know when you hear something!
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Thanks Kimmers.. I already feel more motivated just at the thought of getting it done. Plus reading stories like yours and others on here is just totally inspiring. Just need to learn some patience now. You would think at the age of 40 I would have some by now... I swear I get more impatient as i get older :)
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Welcome to RealSelf!

Our stories are so similiar!  I was also needing to drop some weight but was so uncomfortable with the big breasts.  I had my reduction and that then motivated me to drop over 60 pounds after the reduction.  

You can do this and will love how you look and feel at the end of the journey.  Keep your chin up and continue to move forward.  

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Well my primary care Dr finally faxed over the...

Well my primary care Dr finally faxed over the recommendation letter today so of course I got straight on the phone to make sure the PS had received it. It is all being submitted to the insurance company today. Lets hope i can get decision fast. I am not very good at waiting.

Still waiting.... Just called the insurance and...

Still waiting.... Just called the insurance and they said that the decision is still pending. So I guess I will just keep waiting.... Hope its worth it :)

On Monday Aetna requested a copy of my Mammogram...

On Monday Aetna requested a copy of my Mammogram results which thankfully I had done the day after my initial consult with the PS. I just called them today to see if they had made a decision and they said that they are awaiting photos via email from my PS. So i called the PS and she said that she had faxed them over with my Mammo results.. So.. She is now going to email it too... Lets hope its a good sign that they are asking for all this and didn't just say no when they saw my weight.

Well my precert was DENIED!!! AGGGHHH No surprise...

Well my precert was DENIED!!! AGGGHHH No surprise there. I had a feeling due to my weight. They did not deem it medically necessary. So now I get to appeal and wait again! :( Great start to the weekend!

Stay strong and focused and keep pushing....

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Thanks.. I am determined this is going to happen. I really thought that they were going to reject it anyway because of my weight. I wish they could see that exercising would be a whole lot easier without the boobs.. Plus.. Its going to be a lot more expensive for a new liver due to all the ibuprofen i keep popping because my neck and shoulders hurt constantly. I might just mention that in my appeal.. LOL
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LOL good appeal!!!    I really have hopes for you and will keep my fingers crossed!!  This will happen...

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I finally got round to uploading some photos of my...

I finally got round to uploading some photos of my problem boobies. These are what I will be submitting to the insurance company as proof that it is in fact a medical necessity!
Called Insurance company AGAIN and they received my appeal.. But thats as far as i got with that...
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I am hoping you get the approval soon...
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Thanks all for your support.. I submitted my appeal today. Fingers crossed someone receives it that has a heart! Can't stand the waiting...
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Really Really Really want to find out this week...

Really Really Really want to find out this week that my appeal was approved.... fingers, toes, arms, legs and eyes crossed!!!
If they deny you again, try getting a cervical xray done. My PCP suggested an xray to appease insurance. (I didn't have the documentation bc I never complained - I knew why I had pain! I am a therapist so I have been doing my own exercises since college!) It came back showing degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine. I really think your xray would show the same. I have Aetna as well and was approved the first time. I really think it was because of the xray because based on the "scale", I needed to have 680 grams removed and my surgeon recommended 600. He ended up taking out about 500 which made me worry that insurance would deny after the surgery since he didn't take out what he had said he would. They paid the bill within 2 days of receiving it! It is so worth the fight! Good luck!
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I hope you get approved soon too. I shocked they denied you. but it seems like Aetna denies everyone the first time around.
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I cannot believe you got denied. Those suckers are huge and it's so evident you need it done. Good luck with the appeal. I will cross my finger and toes for you too. I will cross my eyes for you also when I'm doing rolling them every time I look at my denial letter.
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So i just called Aetna AGAIN! Today they told me...

So i just called Aetna AGAIN! Today they told me that my PS should have called their medical director for a peer to peer talk and that is pretty much a short cut to getting the appeal approved. Apparently this should have been done before i even appealed. So now I am pissed that my PS office did not know to do this. So i emailed them and told them as such. LOL So for those of you that have been denied.. Make sure your PS knows to do this. The PS needs to say that he deems it medically necessary and its not for cosmetic reasons.
It's awful isn't it. I wish that whoever decides these things could have big boobs for a day and feel what we feel. I'm pretty sure they'd be less quick to deny! I live in the UK and its rare nowadays that they'll do BR on the NHS so i've waited years and had to get rid of my car to afford the loan but I just couldn't go on like this anymore. I wish it were just for cosmetic reasons and that flamin easy! Keep us up to date, fight your corner every step of the way and it WILL happen for you! xxxx
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I am wondering if i should be looking for another...

I am wondering if i should be looking for another PS since mine seems to be dragging their feet. Does anyone know how this might affect my insurance being approved? Do I have to wait for a denial / acceptance first or can i go ahead and change and resubmit while all this is up in the air?

OK.. So rocket up bum worked with my PS.. They are...

OK.. So rocket up bum worked with my PS.. They are now going to schedule peer to peer and are trying to get me a date of 12/20 for surgery if they can get the insurance denial overturned.
However now i am worried that will be too close to Christmas with 4 year old twins.. The good part is though that my husband is off work from the 21st until the new year so that would work really well from that stand point. I just don't know.. What are all your thoughts from those that are post op?
I just saw below here on the comments...I am sorry you were denied. Sounds like you definitely need a better PS!! You near missouri at all? I LOVE mine so far.
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I hope your denial turns around. My insurance denied me yesterday, and today my PS had a peer to peer with the medical director, and it is now approved. I really do think they need to TALK to your insurance, rather than write all these letters and whatnot. Let us know how the peer to peer thing worked out for you! Im hoping for the best!
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Sorry to hear about the ball being dropped. Make sure new ps is aware of the appeal process so u do not miss that window this time. You are right and its good u get to wait for the new year. Xmas time will be so busy with kids and all. Good luck with the new ps. Lets us know how it goes. Keeping fingers crossed things go well this time.
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I just went to see Dr Elizabeth Morgan in Atlanta...

I just went to see Dr Elizabeth Morgan in Atlanta and I am SO pleased I did. It was like a completely different experience. She is SO nice and really spent a great deal of time going over everything with me. She is also convinced that she can get an approval. I have decided to wait until the new year for the operation as don't really feel its fair to my kids and family to do it before, so fingers crossed again that we get an approval this time. :)
I had the surgery in 2007, and while you are going through the appeals, you should also get your weight down. It will make for a safer surgery, easier recovery, and better long term results.
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I'm hoping for the best for you. you deserve it! i'm glad u like your new ps so much.
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So glad ur new ps is going good so far hopefully she can get things done for u !!
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So.. I called Aetna again today as its been a...

So.. I called Aetna again today as its been a couple of weeks since my New PS submitted my pre-cert. Aetna tell me that they do not have anything other than for the original appeal etc. I said.. That can't be the case as my PS emailed to tell me on the 30th that they have faxed it. On checking again they said, Oh.. It got put with your other appeal and nothing has been done with it so she is submitting a new request today. So now I get to wait AGAIN! So pleased I called or it probably would have just sat there until after Christmas and nothing would ever have been accomplished. Thankfully i have decided to wait until the end of January to have the surgery since we are dog sitting for 2 weeks at the start of January. I would have been seriously pissed if i wanted it doing ASAP!
Wow, this is so crazy. No one there at insurance seems to be able to do their jobs. I wonder if it is all a stalling ploy to see if you just give up. I am just like you and need to lose a lot of weight, but has anyone with boobs this big ever really been able to excercise? I went through my insurance several years ago and was denied even after going through physical therapy, letters from Doctors, etc. I didn't know about the appeal process though. This time I just went directly to the PS, and I'll send the paperwork in after and pray. I took out a HUGE loan to pay for this. Keep on them and don't let them get away with anything. Check on them constantly. It's a shame, but if it gets them to move faster, then it will all be worth it. Good luck!
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wow ur just having issues with ur insurance. i am so sorry it still hasnt been sorted out for u. keep on them as it looks like ur having to do their jobs for them! lol good luck girlie!
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OMG... I can hardly believe it. Merry Christmas...

OMG... I can hardly believe it. Merry Christmas to me... I got approved.... Yay yay yay.... Yipppeeeee and woooohooooo... For all of you that are denied... Just keep trying. Change Dr's if you have to. Find one that will work with you on playing the insurance game.. So so happy right now. I won't be able to schedule it until the end of Jan as dog sitting for 2 weeks from the 2nd.. But after that we are good to go!
Congratulations! That was a great Christmas pressie :) I was approved at the beginning of the month but haven't been given a date yet. I think it will be January for me as well, after my mammography. Oddly enough I seem to have stopped worrying about it, but I suppose it will resurge again once I get the date.
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So happy for you I am 5days post op and can tell you this was the best thing I have ever done for myself I feel free for the first time in my adult life Sending hugs out to you x
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Way to go! Havent appealed yet. Havent had time to go to chiro
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Oh Lord.... So just found out from work that we...

Oh Lord.... So just found out from work that we are switching carriers on Feb 1st from Aetna to Humana due to rates being raised. My Op was supposed to be Feb 1st, so i am now going to have to bring it forward a couple of weeks so i don't have to start this whole process again.. That would really suck. So it might now be the 22nd Jan. AGGGHHH
Just a little bit longer. Your almost there. I'm almost two months post op and i feel great!
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I know.. its 3 weeks today and its coming so fast. I have to lose the 15lbs that I have managed to stuff on over the last 2 months. I have no clue why I can't just plan ahead and have been losing the weight beforehand. Instead i put it on... Lemonade diet i think may be needed this week for a kick start!
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do you have to lose as stipulation to have surgery? HCG diet works and fast if you can afford it
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OK.. So I have less than 3 weeks today. My Op is...

OK.. So I have less than 3 weeks today. My Op is the 22nd. I feel like its going to be here so fast. I had to fill out my waiver etc yesterday to say that I understand all the risks etc of the things that can go wrong. So then of course I start feeling guilty that i might be putting myself at risk for some horrible issue / death. And I have 4 year old twins.. So now I am feeling somewhat selfish. However I need / deserve to feel comfortable and I will probably be a much nicer person when i am not in pain constantly. At least I hope so.. I sure am grumpy most of the time.
Apparently they will have a bra for me when I get out of surgery and I need to get another comfy front fastener for a spare. I guess I will head up to the wally world for that one. As far as bras go.. I got all my big ones out and I must have over $1000 of bras. None of which i can really wear for one reason or another. I either bulge out, even though they are G cups, They are too scratchy, not enough support, wire digs in... Or just downright evil on the shoulders.... So with all these garments I am pretty much left with 2 that I wear constantly. The main one that I am wearing went and got a busted wire this weekend. I bent down to tie my boot up and pop! Great. It couldn't have waited another couple of weeks.. So I will be lop sided for a couple of weeks.. LOL.
I also need to get some PJ's that open at the front as all mine are over the head. What happens in surgery? Do we keep panties on? Or do we have to wear those crazy paper things? I hope we get to keep ours on. LOL I know its silly and I have had kids so its not like I have any dignity left. That stuff just bothers me. haha OK.. I am supposed to be working so better get back to it.

PJ's.... check Wedge pillow ordered.......

PJ's.... check
Wedge pillow ordered.... check
Paid deposit to PS.... check
Waiting waiting waiting... check
I initially took my undies off and then when the IV nurse came in I just asked and she said I could put them back on. Which made me much more comfortable.
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Oh ok.. So there is hope for panties then.. LOL
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What I did that ended up being the most comfortable, was took my wedge pillow, placed a normal pillow on top for my head/neck support, then took two body pillows and placed them along the sides for armrests. My arms seemed to hang uncomfortably when I used the wedge unless I had those to prop them up. It was heavenly (as heavenly as it could be)
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Have managed to lose 8 lbs so far from last week.....

Have managed to lose 8 lbs so far from last week.. Its amazing what i can do when i set my mind to it. Though i have to say that anti-biotics for my sinus infection are helping as have not had my normal appetite. So can't take full credit. LOL I had got down to 228lbs last September and when I weighed myself on New Years day I was 245lb. So mad with myself.. Anyhoo.. At least I am going in the right direction again. Just wish i did not always leave EVERYTHING to the last minute. I seem to work better under pressure.
Now I only have 17 sleeps left. EEK My wedge pillow arrived yesterday and it seems big. I went with a 12" so I hope thats not too high. I also got my PJ's in the after Christmas sale.. I do love a bargain! Just need to get another sports bra and I should be set.
We are dog sitting for 2 weeks and they leave on Friday 18th. So once they are gone I will have to do a mammoth clean up to get rid of all the doggy hair! I am also going to try and makes some meals ahead of time. OK.. Guess I waffled on aimlessly enough.. :)

Got my sports bra from walmart. I got the danskin...

Got my sports bra from walmart. I got the danskin with the zipper at the front. I hope it fits. I got a 40D as that was the biggest they had. I usually wear a 38G, so I am hoping that the extra 2 inches round the band will feel more comfy. She is supposed to be making me a C / D, but hearing all you ladies and how swollen you are I am kind of worried that it might be uncomfortable.
Those genie bras... What liars. Lol!! They say they fit all those cup sizes on the back and that is lies!!
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Do not beat yourself up about gainning weight I understand the temptation. I have been trying to lose this last 30 pounda forever! I often will go up or ten pounds and I get mad at myself. But weight is not an end result. Its a life time of work. You are doing something about it! Thats what matters. You aren't giving up, so be proud of yourself! Good luck with your weight loss and your forthcoming breasts:-)
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Have lost 10lbs now since New Years Day. I think...

Have lost 10lbs now since New Years Day. I think bouncing on our new trampoline yesterday helped. I will certainly look forward to smaller boobs for that one. I am sure it will be a while though before I can manage to bounce after surgery. It will be really strange to get that difference in sensation from the big bounce to hardly any. Although I am sure that my belly will still bounce. LOL

Just bought milk that expires on the day of my...

Just bought milk that expires on the day of my surgery.. Eek!
I had a catheter and just assumed all women who have this urgent did. My surgery was 4.5 hrs long. I'd have peed all over myself without the catheter. I too got the zipper bra from Walmart and 2+months later have yet to wear it. It hits right at the anchor cut. My favorite bras came from makeheal.com. I purchased 2 and love them. They have a 2" band at the bottom that doesn't roll with my belly :-). I believe they were 22.00. Most comfortable bra I've Ron. The black bra runs small. And they r hand was dry only. I've read stories of them falling apart in the washer. I bet you are besides yourself with excitement... Don't fret the panties. That will be the least of your concerns...
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Kat1961, Thanks for the info.. I will look at that site for Bras,, I am already concerned that the D might be too snug since she is going to make me a C / D and if I swell I might be at least a DD for a while. I am pretty sure that squeezing them into anything is just not going to be comfortable. I am going to get some ace bandages too as might opt for that option a day here and there.. I will of course check with the PS first to see if I can do that in the event that the bra situation is unbearable. Wish we could just be braless!
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I did ace bandages for 2 days and it drove me nuts. The bandages rolled up an I couldn't tend that. A little OCD I think! The bra I purchased is MMH ID: 93536; Brand: Isavela; Model No: BR02. I am a 38d: (I think) and the XL is perfect. The black is a little smaller. I was suppose to be a C D but am a little larger. Hoping.a revision is in the near future (lipo on sides)
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Just reading through my post op care notes and it...

Just reading through my post op care notes and it says after surgery you can eat one of the following options.
A Ginger ale, crackers, tea, toast, applesauce, soup to start
B A large hamburger and a coke.
Umm.... Really? What a difference. LOL Who comes up with this stuff... haha
I tried explaining to my 4 year old daughter last night that I am having surgery to make my boobies smaller. She was in the bath with me and I molded one into the shape and size that i think they might be. She laughed and then said why? I said cos thats what they are supposed to look like, so she said why? At that point i said, never mind.. and we carried on playing. haha

Did I mention that I am excited??? LOL

Did I mention that I am excited??? LOL
I too have about 80 pounds to lose! I had my BR on Dec 28th. You will be swollen I'm sure, but the whole idea is for your surgical/sports bras to be VERY snug to hold it all up there. I was a 40H, and they put a 38D surgical bra on me. I went to get a sportsbra a few days after surgery and I grabbed a 42 (no cup sizes) in the fruit of the loom with all the little hook & eye closures. Well, I cant even get them all closed. I do the bottom few and then the top one. I just use it while my surgical bra is in the wash. I couldn't afford to buy any extra surgical bras, they were very expensive.
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I actually ordered a Marena one from the Makemeheal.com. I took the one back to Walmart after another lady said that she was a few weeks out and was still unable to wear that one as it rubbed on her incisions.. I just read your profile too. :) I am just so excited all I can do is keep reading everyone's stories and hoping that mine hurries up and gets here so I can be writing about my recovery. I am really having trouble focusing on work! We have a recliner down in the basement and am wondering if I am better to leave it down there or get it moved up to the bedroom now. I get easily annoyed with noise when i am trying to sleep and already wear ear plugs. So maybe the extra peace and quiet would be good.. However we do not have a bathroom downstairs so if i have to go up to pee a few times that might be a problem.. Urgh! I don't know. I also bought the wedge pillow in hopes that i could sleep in the bed. Hmm... I guess I will see what hubby thinks. Is it normal to have to have someone help you go to the toilet? Did anyone else have that issue. My hubby had to help me after my C-section so I know he will, but wasn't expecting to be that sore.
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Hi chal I didn't need help for the toilet but I did need help showering its not that I was sore it's just I'm real squirmish and couldnt really look or touch them it was just the thought coz mine actually looked pretty clean And omg my recliner was a life saver I slept in that for about 5 days maybe more I think . It kept me from sleeping on my side . I bought the Walmart fruit of the loom I liked it it does run small was 34 pre op and I bought a 36 and a 38 in it . There are pics on my review if you wanna look Good luck x
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So this weekend we moved the recliner up to the...

So this weekend we moved the recliner up to the bedroom, much to my discruntled husband. We got it stuck on the stairs.. hahah So had to take it back down again and turn it on its side and try again. It would not go through the door at the top first time round. So that was fun. Then we went to Ikea and got curtains for our bedroom as for the last 2 years we had some crappy white blackout blinds that were pretty much trashed for one reason or another and we just put up with them. I knew that they would drive me nuts when i am healing if I didn't do something about them. So we now have some awesome curtains that I am SO happy with. I had to hem them though as they were too long. That was interesting in itself as I have never done that before. I had acquired a new sewing machine and it was still in the box. So my hubby and i had to work out how to use it. Once I got the hang of it we were good. It was worth all the effort though.
So now i really need top work and can't as too excited and still have a whole week. I also need to muster up some enthusiasm to cook some stuff for next week for dinners.. I guess I should just double up on my cooking this week.
My Mum is taking the Wed and Thursday off in case I need her full time and my hubby is going to get the kids up and drop them off at school in the mornings and my Mum will pick them up at night so thats sorted. Still not sure how I am NOT going to do stuff as I am such a control freak and so used to doing everything. My husband was supposed to be grilling the chicken for dinner last night while i did the sides and i ended up just taking over as didn't think he was "on it" enough. LOL I guess when i feel crap i will soon learn.
Here it comes :) are you ready?!?
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Yes and No... haha I am so ready to be on the other side of this. I feel like I am in limbo. But I am not ready to be recovering as I know i will get easily frustrated that i can't do more. How are you feeling now?
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Just found the funniest boob pic online... hahah I...

Just found the funniest boob pic online... hahah I am so obsessed with boobs.. I put it as my profile pic.. 2 guys that dressed up for halloween and had their beer bellies as boobs.. LOL
Good Luck next week! Keep us posted!!
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thats the best sleeping position esp if ur tend to wanna roll on ur sides!!! i just last month started sleeping in any position! i was sooo happy to be sleeping on my sides again! lol
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I've been sleeping on my side for a week... Gently. I have to use a stuffed animal to prop up my arm so it's not too much strain on the incisions. I woke up this morning on my STOMACH! I didnt mean to, but got the best sleep ever. I am paying for it now though, very sharp pains on the incisions. Guess I should be more careful. (4wks post op)
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Just had to have an EKG as I am over 40 and...

Just had to have an EKG as I am over 40 and overweight. LOL.. Thankfully all is well there so just have to wait a few more day now and its my time.. Small boobies here we come.. Really looking forward to looking down and seeing feet.. And nipples.. LOL The only time i have seen those in the last 20 years is in the mirror or by lifting them way up.
Good luck , you'll do great! You'll just wonder why you didn't do it earlier!
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Whoop, almost your time.. You will do great, have a relaxing weekend looking forward to hearing all about it :-)
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Thanks guys... I just had my pre-op appt with the Hospital which was over the phone. She told me that I needed an EKG since I am over 40. The PS had originally said i did not need one, but anesthesiology needed one apparently. So thankfully my Mum works at my primary care and she told me to come straight down. It was normal so looks like I am good to go. Can't believe that its almost here. Keep thinking that the rug might get pulled from under me at some point before it gets here. The weekend will fly by as normal I am sure then it will be the day before... AGGGHHH. Hope all you post op ladies are doing well and managing to rest. Can't wait to join you on the other side.
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Well my day has come and boy did it come fast. It...

Well my day has come and boy did it come fast. It was so far away and now its here.. I just did a mammoth cleaning of my bedroom and bathroom and washed all the bedding and towels etc so it can be as fresh and germ free as possible. I even used Lysol wipes on the recliner as its leather.. I am sure it wasn't good for it. But you can't be too careful right?
I actually have yet another cold that just started yesterday. I think i got it from the bloody movie theatre. My hubby and i went for our annual trip to see a film. We only ever seem to get about once a year and now i am snotty again. Bloody typical.. I hope they won't turn round and not do it tomorrow.
So then yesterday we went and took the kids snowboarding up in NC. Its only about a 3 and half hour drive and it was a perfect day. My husband used to be an avid snowboarder and has not been much in the last few years due to the kids so i agreed we could go since it would probably be the only time we could go this year due to my op. So the weekend just flew by. I am hoping that i did not impede myself by being too busy. I figure that all i am going to be able to do in the next couple of weeks is sit. So I at least wanted to get out and about a bit.
I am starting to feel a pang or 2 of guilt and that maybe i should not be doing this. I hate putting on other people and this is just going to throw everything into turmoil. But then I remember that it will be a benefit to me as a mother not to be in constant pain with my neck and shoulders.
Well I have much to accomplish before I am out of action so I will see you all on the other side... Yikes!
Yah good Luck!! keep us posted!!! You will be so happy!!
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Can you believe it is finally here? This time tomorrow you'll be laying down and recovering. It is so much easier than the waiting!!
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Good luck xoxo
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I wouldn't mind so much, but my surgery is not...

I wouldn't mind so much, but my surgery is not until 12pm. So its going to be a long morning with no food or drink. I took a valium last night and went to sleep fairly well. But kept waking up a lot and finally got up at 3am and had a bath. Figured it would be my last soak for a while. Now I am going to try and find something on netflix to drift off to again.. Oh yeah and I just took another valium to see if that will help.
Good luck!! +hugs*
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Can't wait to hear from you! Thinking of you !
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Wishing you luck today xoxo
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Home again and had just wrote a long update which...

Home again and had just wrote a long update which got lost. So i will write another one tomorrow when i feel a bit more with it.

Feel OK right now so thought I would try and write...

Feel OK right now so thought I would try and write my experience down again. Hope i don't lose it again this time.
Arrived at the hospital extremely nervous. Everyone was super nice and they checked me in and sent me to get ready fr surgery. I put the gown on the wrong way as i thought it needed to be open at the front. That makes sense right? Why would they need to get at my butt when i am having my boobs. So once we got that sorted they put my IV in. It was surprisingly unpainful. Then they bought my hubby through. We laughed a little about stupid stuff which helped alleviate some of the nerves then the Dr came in and marked me up. They took me into surgery at 12pm and i remember seeing loads of people in there. I said "are they all here for me?" then the next thing i knew they were trying to wake me up in recovery. After an hour and a half they finally managed to wake me up and get me to my room. I then threw up 3 times when i got to my room and tried to have some ice chips and water, So then they gave me another anti-nausea medicine in my IV and that seemed to do the trick. I was pretty sleepy still so i sent my hubby home and i basically laid there and dozed in and out all night. I did not manage to eat anything, even crackers were too hard as my mouth was so dry from the nausea patch.
I to had a really hard time going pee. I knew i needed to go, but it just didn't want to come out., I sat there like what seemed forever and then really had to push.. Sorry TMI, Then about an hour later i pee'd about a whole days worth at once.. haha
The nurses came in about every 30 mins to an hour so I did not get much sleep there.. I have slept a little this afternoon, but not much. So I am hoping that i get a fairly decent nights sleep tonight.
My boobs look really high. Its hard to see the size yet though as there is too much padding and gauze etc in there. Well i think that about covers the whole event. She said not to change any dressings or touch anything unless i start leaking etc. She said that there is less risk of infection if they are left alone. I can't imagine how it wll be peeling the gauze off after 5 days.. They will probably be peeling me off the ceiling.. LOL
sounds good.i wondered the same thing about the gauze sticking to everything but ive yet to hear anyone on the forum mention it so figure it must not stick,,im so happy for you and you make it sound mostly uneventful,my fear is chickening out last second and running fast!.I cant wait to get mine done! im soooooo happy for you!!!
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You made it! Congrats
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Welcome to the other side. Let us know how you are doing when you are up to it.
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Actually had a pretty decent nights sleep. I did...

Actually had a pretty decent nights sleep. I did not sleep much during the day yesterday which i think helped. I slept in the recliner last night. Its so sad that I can't hug and cuddle my kids. My little boy is having a hard time with that. He tried last night and got all sad when i said i couldn't. I was able to give them a half hug this morning before they went off to school. I also managed to do my little girls hair. I am able to move my arms around really well without any pulling or anything. I think this is due to the fact that i was not cut all the way underneath, She did the lollipop style i believe.
My Mum is astounded how high they are.. hahaha. She keeps staring at them and saying "Bloody hell" hahaha. I am sure that they will drop after a while., Plus I am all trussed up like a chicken. So I can't wait until Monday to see them. My hubby said that i looked slimmer so thats nice.
Well done! Hope you heal well! Don't worry too much about the gauze as the boobs tend to be numb for a while until the nerves repair themselves. Well this is what I found. I had to keep the same dressing on for 7 days and never felt a thing when they took them off. Looking forward to pics!! Rest well!!
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I was so nervous about 2 days before right up until the morning of.. Then I seemed to calm a little and accepted that all the waiting was finally over. Of course i am sure the valium helped some.. LOL But I am just pleased now that i am on the other side and can start the healing process.. Halter tops here I come :)
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OK.. So still haven't seen them, but all seems to...

OK.. So still haven't seen them, but all seems to be doing well.. I have been a little itchy underneath lefty. And my bra thingy is becoming mildly annoying, but other than that the pain has been pretty minimal.
I did take the advise of others and took a laxative / stool softener on Wednesday when i got home. I normally have no issues in that department, but am pleased i went ahead and took it when i did as it was still another full day before I went. So I suggest for all you pre-ops that you do not wait on that and take it as soon as you get back from the hospital even if you are not feeling uncomfortable yet. Get ahead of the game.
They still seem really big to me right now i think because there is so much padding in there and i think they are somewhat swollen. She said that she only took about 350 out of lefty that was slightly smaller and only about 280 out of righty. I was expecting more.. Maybe they were not as dense and thats why they were so saggy. I better be a C / D when i end up or I will be pissed.. I made it clear that I wanted to be a C. So as long as she took what she needed to get there I am ok with that. Guess I won't know for a while.. I am going to try and do a bit of work now .
Bet you can't wait until Monday. How exciting. I am 14 weeks post op and finally feel like the swelling is gone. However if I over do it, it comes back. Take it easy and don't push yourself. Happy healing
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How exciting, Monday is the big reveal!! I was so excited to see mine,I took a pain killer right before my appointment just incase anything was stuck to me and hurt but it all came off really easily..it was weird tho cos I loved them as soon as I saw them but then I started shaking a lot..ps said it was normal and even tho I like them it is still a shock to see yourself like that..I think I will be a c or a d...tho lefty is still much bigger so perhaps I will have one c and one d ha ha ha ..looking forward to seeing your updates pics soon..
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I hear ya. I haven't been officially measured yet, but think I'm a DD. We were aiming for large c or small D. But I know I'm still swollen. He knows I'm still going to exercise and loose more so he said he left me with a bit more. I still am happy though! A big big difference in how I look.
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Wow am I bitchy today. My poor husband can't do a...

Wow am I bitchy today. My poor husband can't do a thing right. I sent him to the store and some of what he got was wrong... But he made great alternate choices.. But was I happy? No No No.. I;m pissed and can't help it. Had to walk away as know I am being completely bitchy and irrational. Going to go apologize in a minute... Bless him. He will deserve a medal after this next week. I am not a very good patient.
Oh, and I know what you mean about peeing after surgery. It was weird how hard it was! My first two bathroom trips were in my stupid hospital bed... They kept me in recovery for 4.5 hours (no room ready) and kept pumping me with iV fluids, of course I had to pee! And they had no bathroom I could go to, wouldn't let me get out of bed, so they made me go in a bed pan. It was humiliating and disgusting. And it took me a good 30 minutes to get started, too.
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My husband had to bathe me the first few days ... We would fill the tub with water and id sit while he used a red SOLO cup to wet my hair and wash it, and ever so gently washed my body. He even helped me shave my armpits one time! But it was never right. The water was too hot or too cold and he didn't scrub hard enough in some spots and the others he barely touched... And he never got the soap out of my hair. And i was verrrry vocal about it all..Lol. He must really love me. Nothing is right unless we are doing it ourselves! It'll pass :)
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im sure he will forgive you and i bet he never lets you have another surgery without hiring a private nurse..lol..you are a riot telling us before you apologize to him..xoxoxo
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Well i get to see the new girls today for the fist...

Well i get to see the new girls today for the fist time. I started having all sorts of weird thoughts yesterday that they would be all deformed etc.. I guess they will be what they will be and to be honest. They were not attractive before.. So as long as there is a nipple and they are smaller and higher that before I think i will be happy.. Any over that will be great. I will try and get the PS to take pics. My Mum is taking me to my appt and she is super squeamish, so she will definitely not take photos.. I am hoping though that i will be able to take my bra off once in a while now as its starting to kind of annoy me having it on 24 /7. Will let you know how it goes later. I am trying to do some work now and thats proving harder than i thought. I have only been sitting here 40 mins and already want to go and lay down for a nap. Urgh! Just pleased I can work from home in my PJ's...

Had post op today. 6 days post op and have not so...

Had post op today. 6 days post op and have not so much as even peeked down my bra. She told me to just leave them alone and not change dressings etc. So today I went in expecting to see them. She is such a nice lady. She looked at them and sad that they were doing super well and that she couldn't be happier with the healing process. So she put more gauze back on and did the bra up. Bugger.. I still didn't see them. Anyhoo.. She said that I can shower now etc and change gauzes / breast pads and to go back and see her in a week. So I waited till my hubby got home then i snook off in the bathroom with the camera for an oggle! I am so excited.. I think they turned out fab. I am hoping that they will go down a size though. But i have to say its the prettiest my boobs have EVER looked.. I called my hubby through and he was happy with the result to, Yay
yes they look gorgeous,congratulations!!!!
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Yah!! You look awesome!!!
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Wow, congratulations !!! You are looking great, they are looking so nice already..I can see why you are so happy...whoop whoop pretty bras here we come :-)
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A week has passed since my op and feeling actually...

A week has passed since my op and feeling actually pretty good. Better than I thought I would. I have very minimal pain. In fact i can't really call it pain, more like an annoyance or some discomfort. Mostly from where the bra kind of rubs on the incisions. I did take the advice of others and get breast pads ( used for breast feeding) and thats the best thing. Since they are slightly contoured they seem to stay in place a bit better. Last night I started itching i think because the air was finally allowed to get to them. So I basically put a bunch of breast pads in all my itchy spots since i think they are less course than the gauze and that seemed to help. The PS said as long as its clean and cotton and will draw moisture away from the incision its a good thing. Keeping them dry is the main issue. So will see how that goes. Have not yet braved a full shower. Will do that today. Have been bathing in a bath up to my waist so far.
The biggest thing other than the fact that i love the shape is that when i took the bra off last night was that they just stayed there. There was no thud as they dropped down and hit my belly. Its such a weird concept for me. For all those that are nervous and feel that you shouldn't, or it will be too much for you, or it will be painful etc.. I would say.. Don't hesitate. I am only taking 1 pain pill to sleep and actually really don't need it. I guess its kind of like my blankie.. LOL But I am not on any Tylenol or anything at all.. I took my meds for the first few days but then after that just at night. I believe that the lipo is what causes most discomfort and i did not have that due to the cost. Plus the fact i am just fat in general and whats the point in paying to have slim sides when i have a big belly...
So I am back at work.. Well, in my basement. And clearly, still not focused as i am on here instead of working. Its just so hard not to be excited about the boobies.. I know I have a long way to go with healing. I just need to be rally careful, and clean! I am making my own juices and eating almonds.. I also started taking arnica montana. Vit C and B complex which I have taken all along. Oh and icecream.. I believe that is helping tremendously with the healing process.. hahaha
Looking splendid! Happy healing to you!
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the girls are looking great!!!! u worked so hard to get this surgery and u waited so very long for it. dont worry the emotions going back and forth are normal. when ur feeling better u can set up something nice for ur hubby to say thanks for putting up with the mood swings. this surgery is one of the most life changing and emotional rollercoaters ever! sit back relax and rest and ride it out! a few months u will be feeling so much better!!!
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They look great and glad you are feeling pretty good.
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So nothing much to report. Had another shower...

So nothing much to report. Had another shower today and boobs still didn't move.. So weird. I tried to get my genie bra on today, but when i put it over my head and arms it kind of got rolled up as I was warm from the shower and then i got kind of freaked that if i pulled at it too much to get it over the girls then they would some how suffer for it, So went back to my surgical bra again. Its ok.. Its just mildly annoying and not a nice cotton like the genies.. Another week i think and I will be a bit more confident that i won't hurt them. I keep expecting that something will leak or ooze or get really swollen or something open up somewhere.. Thats what I keep reading about and not sure if I am just being super lucky, or if I am just not at that stage yet when things start to go pear shape.. It just all seems to easy and i am kind of waiting for my bubble to burst.. Certainly not hoping for it though and am definitely staying positive. Its just so unexpected..
I have not driven yet, though am sure I would be fine.. Reaching up is no problem as I was not cut all the way under. My Mum took me to Aldi's yesterday and to pick the kids up from school.. And then I made dinner and cleared up tonight.. I might end up regretting that later.. But I feel good! Hope you all do to :)

Just tried on a tank top without a bra to see what...

Just tried on a tank top without a bra to see what it looked like and its awesome... So had to post.:)
Hey, the new boobs are looking lovely! So glad you are healing well. I'm absolutely knackered and couldn't even think about driving or making dinner so well done you! I hope the rest of your recovery is plain sailing - I keep waiting for things to go pear-shaped too and worrying about every little tweak! Don't over do it though, remember to rest :)
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No!!! Don't cancel. You will be so glad you had this done!
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Love the tanktop pic!! Looking good!
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So has finally worked out that wearing a cotton...

So has finally worked out that wearing a cotton tank top underneath my bra is WAY comfier. I had been wearing nursing breast pads but they kept shift and i would leave them littered around. My husband kept saying "Oh you dropped one" haha... The PS said i just needed whatever was to be touching them to be cotton and due... comfy and cotton... T-shirt!
So now I have the tank top that i have on in my photo underneath my bra. I will change that daily for another and thats all i needed. So if any if you are having issues with your bra being scratchy or pinchy on your incisions give it a go.
Darn it.. My coffee ran out. Must go and interact with my children.. :)
Hello there, i got approved by keystone HMO. I'm sch surgery for 2/12/13. I'm very nervous. I think I need those valiums right away. I'm 38dd. Cup. Question for those who had the surgery already. Do u still have sensitivity?
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Great idea on the tank tops. I'll get some!! You look great.!!!! I can't wait to get mine over with. The anxiety is crazy, 25 days to go, lol
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Its almost 2 weeks and feeling better every day. ...

Its almost 2 weeks and feeling better every day. I am going to my 2nd post op appointment today and am wondering what she is going to say or have me do as mine seems to have been different so far to others. I have not had any dressings to change or anything to apply. I am getting kind of irritated having to wear a bar all the time. But having a t-shirt under it has really helped alleviate most of that issue. I did a bit too much yesterday and noticed that my boobs were sore.. Its like they tell you off when you have been bad. They remind you that you only had surgery 2 weeks ago and why are you loading and unloading the washing machine and folding laundry? I am all too capable and forget that I am still supposed to be taking it easy. Well sore boobies made me remember so will try and be a bit better tomorrow.. I just hate being lazy, or the feeling that I am being lazy and not doing what I am supposed to as a wife and Mother. I did resume the school run today though as seem to be ok with reaching over for seat belts etc.

Had 2nd post op appt today and all is healing...

Had 2nd post op appt today and all is healing excellently. She changed m steristrips and cleaned me and said thats all i need to do with that now for a month when i go back and see her again. I am amazed at how easy this has all been with the dressings etc. I was expecting all sorts of mess and grossness. But there has been nothing. I have not once leaked, oozed, or had to be drained. I am not sure if I am super lucky, or if my surgeon is amazing, or a bit of both. I know i am not the healthiest of people and i could certainly be lighter.. Maybe it could be the type of procedure she did. It was just the lollipop style so i have no incisions underneath at all.. Just the vertical incision and round the nipple.. I think that has really been where my benefit has been. Totally recommend that way of doing it.
I do have a crease though that was taped up until today. The PS said that it will flatten out and look normal when everything settles down. So hopefully that will be the case. She also said I will still get smaller too as they are still a little swollen. I think they look like a good size D right now. And what I wanted was a C / D. So all in all i will be very happy at the end of this.
I feel like i kind of pulled a muscle up behind my collar bone though tonight. I went to pick up my kids and i bent down to hug my daughter. While i was down there i kind of felt like i had a bit of a muscle spasm.. Has anyone else had that yet?
They look amazing! Wish it was me!
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Laziness was hard for me too! But yes, don't push yourself! You don't want any complications! Also, my PS didn't have me doing any dressing changes or anything to apply either. She told me the first 3 weeks just to keep incisions clean and dry and "less is more"....it was hard to obey!
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I still have sensitivity. In fact a bit too much right now.. Everytime I get cold its kind of like a light electric shock. Its not so much that its painful, but yes there is definitely still feeling there!
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Pinched nerve in neck makes Mommy a very grumpy...

Pinched nerve in neck makes Mommy a very grumpy one indeed. Not sure what i did yesterday. But woke this morning with an annoying knot that I cannot get rid of and can't go to the chiropractor as he can't lay me on my front. So had to apologize to everyone so far today for being grumpy.. haha. Especially my kids who apparently just really should know better at 4 than to tell me they want an apple when they really mean an apple filled cereal bar. I went to all the trouble to wash it, cut it and put it in a little baggy for her to eat on the way to school. The whole time she is watching me do this.. Then proclaims.. Not an apple... And apple cereal bar.. Grrrr WTH!!! So she got some not so nice words. Bless he heart. My little boy then excitedly said that he would like some apple.. So I gave him half and said I would have the other half. At which point my daughter then pipes up that if he was having some then so would she... "Hmmmmm" (Zen pose) hahaha... So on the way to school... I told them that i was clearly grumpy this morning and should not have taken it out on them. They both said.. Thats ok mommy.. Its ok to be grumpy sometimes... AWWWW
sorry to hear u hurt ur neck. hopefully that sorts itself out soon. at least u will have to pain pills left to help with that for a day eh?? hehehe. dont worry being emotional and cranky at times is normal. ur used to doing everything for everyone and its hard to not do what needs to be done. dont feel bad u are healing from major surgery and it will take time. ur right though the girls let u know when u have done too much thats for sure! good luck and hope u feel better soon! happy healing hon!
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I am 7 weeks post op and wear Genie Bras everyday! Still paranoid at the thought of underwire, even though my PS gave me the go-ahead, think I will wait for a couple more weeks on that! LOVE the Genie Bras though! My new girls stopped aching every night right around my 4 1/2 week mark, thank god! Seriously though- best decision ever! Happy healing to you!! :)
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yeah my doc said 3 months post op before bras. i agree with that because even now at 4 months the girls sofened and mold to the bras better. u will truely not fill the bras properly until they soften up. so wait if u can manage. as hard as it is for us girls to walk by the lingerie dept these days ahhhhh lol
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I just posted a pic of the underneath of my boob!

I just posted a pic of the underneath of my boob!
Pretty, nice shape!!
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I actually don't have an incision underneath.. Its just a line from my boob resting there.. The only incision I have is around the nipple and down in one line. Thats it. Like a lollipop. But i think the trade off will be that you other ladies will hold your shape a lot better...
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I did mean the vertical incision line down from the nipple is already really hard to see, and the other thing I didn't say before is that you don't seem to have any of the puckering you see on some people. Your surgeon did a lovely job!
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Still nothing really to report. All very...

Still nothing really to report. All very uneventful my end thankfully. No infections, no oozing, leaking, swelling, draining. I do notice that they kind of throb some after doing too much. And I do get the odd zinger which kind of stop me in my tracks. But all in all pretty uneventful.
I do have yet another cold though. Only just getting rid of the cough that was the tail end of the sinus infection i had before Christmas. I do love school germs..And the kids just started a new school today so now we are going to be exposed to some even newer germs.. I am sleeping back in my bed again everynight. I did try the recliner the other night and ended up with backache in the morning, so I guess I am done with that now. I seem to be able to get fairly comfy on my side also now as long as I am propped up on some pillows. So happy about that.
Thanks everyone.. Yeah I am very happy. I still have that crease, but hopefully it will go away once i can get some cream and massage going on there.. For now I am just leaving them alone.
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Hello, your crease will definetly go.. What I thought was a slice thru my nipples was infect creases.. On righty it is just starting to smooth out, very slowly it's started from the top and working its way along..it's like a quarter of the crease line has disappeared.. Slow progress but progress so ill take it :-)
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Looking good
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Finally showed my kids yesterday as they kept...

Finally showed my kids yesterday as they kept asking if they hurt and if i still had bandages I told them I had bandages so they didn't keep asking to look. They thought they looked funny. I said.. Well this is what they were supposed to look like to begin with, Just without the tape.. hahah
I am back to full Mother / wifey duties. Vacuuming, cleaning, washing, making beds, carrying shopping, school run its like it never happened.. Not much of a vacation, but at least i got a good 2 weeks off. I am also able to sleep on my side again now. I still have a nest of pillows in the bed. Just aswell its a king size. For the last 2 weeks we have not had the bed to ourselves though. One of the twins has been in it every night. They switch it up thankfully, though last night they both wanted in and i said No. They changed schools and i think they have been a little more needy due to that. Hoping to get the bed back soon. Although i do love rolling over and seeing one of their little sleeping faces.. :)
I just read all your posts and am sorry your neck is bothering you now, but you cracked me up! Alot of your comments remind me of myself! I get bitching at the hubby because mine couldn't do anything right either last week and I'm just 6 days post op. He took two days off last week to be with me, but seriously I should have let him work and had my girlfriends be here with me. Bless his heart, he tried, but nobody goes 24/7 like me! I'm stupid and can't accept help from others? HELLO....SUPERMOM here!!! Anyway, you look fabulous and I'm hoping you're successful at losing the weight you want to drop. I have a super good tip if you like to walk. I do these workout videos that are low impact (because I never could do anything when I had large boobs) and they really work. Let me know if you're interested and I'll give you the names of some I love. If you do them regularly, you can lose up to 100 lbs. plus and have fun doing it. TTYL and keep getting better. I love the picture for your profile, so funny!! Perkysets!!
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Haha... All is great here.. I must put another update on as its been over 5 weeks now. My neck is much better again now thanks.. I don't know why i get pinched nerves sometimes. But the last one i had lasted 5 days.. It sucked.. My husband and i tried everything to get it gone and it was just stubborn. Anyhoo.. At least I should get less and less of those now that my neck and shoulder muscles are not like guitar strings anymore. I swear they would snap at some point they were so tight before i had the BR. Yeah its really hard to step back and let others do stuff for you. My Mum is excellent as her high standards are what i learned from, so I was definitely happy with her cleaning etc. But my husband tries bless him.. Its just not the same. Then i get pissed which i shouldn't as he has the best intentions. I would like the name of some of those DVD's I have Gillian Michaels Ripped in 30 and it kicks my ass.. So ofcourse I don't do it. I really want to start jogging. I have another post op appt on Monday and am hoping that she will say that i can start that. Mine have dropped a lot now so i think i am pretty much where they will be. They are still a bit big for my liking, but so much better than they were so i will take it! I am going to take a look at your profile now :)
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Glad to hear you neck is better. Pinched nerves are the worst. You get all spastic trying not to move and no matter what you do it hurst more!! You're so lucky you had your Mom with you. I wish my Mom was still alive to help me, she had big boobs too, but never needed the reduction. Please cherish every day she's in your life, even if and when she pisses you off!! My mom died when she was 58, and I'm 57, so that's always scared me. Anyway, I get it. My mom was a clean freak, and it's not the same when others try to help out. I'm a "do-it-yourself" kind of gal. I used to clean my house myself before the cleaning lady came in, and then I'd go over everything after she left because they didn't do it my way. Weirdo that I am!! But my hubby tried and I was on his ass, how ungrateful but he tolerated my weirdness but now I realize, it's me!!! My video's are the bomb and I will love to share them with you. I love walking but sometimes don't get out when it's too cold in the morning, so I jump up before the kids get up and put in Leslie Sansone's walking videos. I buy them from Collage Video, online. It's a great website and you can preview them, they're cheap, and they ship to you immediately. If you don't like them, or can't do them, you have 30 days to return for full refund. I've even returned them after that and they're wonderful. My favorite is Leslie Sansone Walk at Home (3 Mile Weight Loss Walk). She busts my ass and it's more cardio than the others so you really see results. I normally just do the first mile and if I feel I have time to do more, I go for it. I can get through the 2nd mile, but only did the 3rd once. It felt AWESOME!!! She works out with small dumbbells also so you get upper body, but for now that will have to wait until my doctor says I can do them. Another one is her new one "Just Walk, Belly Blasting Walk", it also does floor exercises for the belly, hello, haven't done it yet!! Another great one that really gets the heart pumping is Karen Voight Burn & Firm Circuit Training. These are all low impact because I couldn't jump around and bounce so I know you will love them. Burn & Firm kicked my ass, I could only do 1/2 of it and only did it once!! But once I get approved, I'm getting my butt in shape, otherwise I'll be going back to Dr. Pousti for alot of work, and this is cheaper!!!! Another good set is The Firm Cardio Weight System. That's 3 video's and I love Core Solutions. When I do these faithfully, the results are amazing. You can't go wrong though with that first Leslie Sansone one I mentioned. You will drop pounds if you're eating right and doing that workout. I have a new little secret I read about. It's called Raspberry Ketones. They are weight loss suplements that make you not hungry and they speed up the slugglish metabolism which is exactly what I need. I stopped taking them before surgery though, because I read they are blood thinners. But, if you should be good to go now with something like that. I loaned some to my girlfriends and we're all dropping pounds because you're not hungry and you don't get wired, so they're good. I saw them on Dr. Oz so I feel anything he promotes has to be safe and okay. Good luck, let me know if you order that one video, I know you will love it and if you don't, just return it for another. She's a hoot to work out with too, she's chatty and makes me laugh. I love her videos. Debby
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So its been over 5 weeks and i feel great. Some...

So its been over 5 weeks and i feel great. Some of my tape started lifting off this week and I am not due to go back in until Monday. So the PS said to just either keep clean and put aquaphor on or put more tape on if i preferred. I went with the aquaphor. Since I am fed up of looking at the crappy tape. I posted a few pics. Mine have dropped a lot and hopefully they will now stayput and not go any further. But even so my nipples are now where they should be and I am not worried about them slipping back into the Abyss. I did try joging fr a short spurt today and i have to say that the Boobs are no longer a problem as far as thats concerned.. Minimal bounceage! My problem now is that I am bloody unfit and need to get off my arse now and stop makingcexcuses.. So watch this space to see if i can get myself together.
Congrats, you look great! Did you use Arnica? You had very little bruising in pics, they looked great! What size are you now?
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I agree that jogging seems so much easier with the small boobies!! I too agree that its hard not to make excuses to exercise! ;0)
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I just went for my post OP appointment with Dr...

I just went for my post OP appointment with Dr Morgan and she said that everything looks great and that i should still shrink a little more. But she said that I can resume full activities. She did say at this point that i need not put any cream or lotion on the scars at all.. She told me that research has show that the 3M strips she put and left on for the entire 5 weeks post surgery are the best thing that you can do for the scars and that nothing else is needed. I half expected her to try and sell me an expensive cream for scars. But she said that if i feel like I want to put some on I can, but it won't make any difference. So I am pleased as I am not the best at remembering stuff like that. With my kids I am all over it. But when it comes to me I forget to do that stuff.. I often realize that I have not moisturized in several days. So anyway. I am free to run and bounce as much as i like. As long as I have a good sports bra on. Yay!
You look great and sound so happy. Bounce your heart away, no pain for you. :) I need to write a review myself. I have not done one in weeks.
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Congratulations Chalupatamale, your boobies look Beautiful!! Your PS did a fabulous job on you. I really enjoyed your review, you had me laughing! Ah, it's getting so, so hard to wait, wait, and wait for my surgery date (April 11th). It helps with the wait to read reviews like this... makes the wait seem worth it. So happy for you, you look fantastic!!
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THanks Birch. The 11th April will be here before you know it. I scheduled mine about 6 weeks a head of time and it was here in a flash. Its better that way though so you have lots of time to get everything ready. I just read your profile and I would take a photo or something and be clear about what size you want. You might get a good idea of what he normally does from his before and after photos. I kind of wish mine were smaller but in the scheme of things they are now perfect for the size I am.
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Its 8 weeks tomorrow for me and all is well. I...

Its 8 weeks tomorrow for me and all is well. I have resumed all my normal lifestyles.. Even the ones I shouldn't have.. LOL
The boobies are doing great and I love them so much. Its so nice to be able to walk around the house without a bra or the need to hold them up with my hands or arms. I would often find myself resting a cup of tea on them like a shelf. Even though i am still way overweight I have a much better body image now and actually enjoy looking in the mirror. I keep recommending it to all my big boobied friends.. And when i see women in the stores I want to go up to them and say.. Have a breast reduction.. Its life changing. I am still obsessed with boobs.. The shape of them, the size of them. Anything to do with them. Not sure if that will ever go away. I seem to have settled on a 40D for now.. And I am happy with that. I am hoping that when i can finally get rid of this ongoing cold and chest cold cycle that i have been on since before Christmas that I can start enjoying exercise. Just when i think i am going to start a regime i get sick again. Now I just can't stop coughing. Anyhoo.. when i can lose some weight i will hopefully end up with a C. Yay. Either way. I am happy as a pig in poop to look down at my upwardly pointing nipples.. :)
Congrats & scary to know 2 months from now I will still be boobie obsessed! Haha
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Congrats. I hear ya on getting sick! I thought I had avoided all the with the winter colds and then got 2 different ones. And before that I had my peroid for 3 1/2 weeks. So talk about a delay. I am traveling this week and then back to the gym. I am no longer tired of looking at my boobs ( good thing) now it's the tummy flabs! Phase 3 has to start! Good luck to you
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So I know all you ladies will know my excitement...

So I know all you ladies will know my excitement today when i went for a chest xray. I was asked to remove my top and bra and put the gown on. Well I tell you what. In the past i would have been so uncomfortable to do that knowing that my big old knockers were laying on my tummy. So i proudly strutted out the changing room in my gown with my new perky boobs held high feeling all confident and surprisingly attractive. I think the xray technician was modestly surprised.. haha. Just wanted to share my happy titty moment with all you lovely ladies. Its funny the things you can get enjoyment from post op!
Ah, now that's wonderful news! I fully appreciate the joy that would have given you :)
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That's Awesome. What a great feeling that must have been Chalupatamale!!! I can't wait to have my BR on April 11th. Your new boobies look so Fabulous!! I did take your advice you had written below, and I scheduled an extra appt with my PS to discuss my desired size. That turned out to be SUCH a good appointment. We talked at great length, and I am SO glad I took the time to communicate what I am hoping for if possible. My PS's nurse took detailed notes documenting the conversation, and my PS told both me and his nurse to remind him when he goes to mark me of exactly what I am hoping for. My nurse later showed me her notes, and explained that before he comes into the room to mark me, she will go over those notes with him. This has made my wait SO much less stressful. I hope you are thoroughly enjoying your beautiful new perky boobies!!!!
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It almost seems like a lifetime ago already since...

It almost seems like a lifetime ago already since i had the op. Its hard to remember what it was like to have big saggy boobs that i had to lift up to put in my bra.. Then they just hung there on my shoulders.. I would do this again in a heart beat and truly wished i had done it many years ago. I know that my procedure was hugely less invasive that a lot of ladies had to deal with and for that i am very fortunate. I think if you have small children you should try and find a surgeon that will do the lollipop procedure as my down time was only about 2 weeks.. Then i was back up and running at pretty much full capacity. I could not have done that with the full surgery. Having said that i have not been dissapointed at all with my results.. They have dropped considerably.. But are still perky (40 year old perky.. Not 18 year old perky) But since I am 40 thats ok. My husband loves them and every day i look down and am just so happy. I will post a picture of my 12 week old boobies in the next day or so.. My daughter keeps asking me if i still have my short boobies instead of my long ones... hahah that right there is worth it!
I enjoyed reading your profile! We have similar issues with insurance.... I'm so glad it all worked out for you in the end! I'm hoping to hear something by the end of the week. Loved the comment about the short v/s long boobies! I had a similar question from my son when he was small! At that moment I didn't know if I should laugh or cry! I think I did both! Haha! Good luck!
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I just read through your entire review. Your newbies look great! Congrats!! I'm just reading, reading, reading as I await insurance approval. Thanks for sharing your story! :)
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I have a young child, too. It will be difficult not being able to pick him up. He's only 16 months, so he won't understand, but I have three other older kids who will be my slaves :)
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