My surgery is scheduled for this Thursday and I...
The journey to getting this done was a long and frustrating situation. I had first submitted a claim to my insurance around this same time last year and it was quickly denied. They said I needed more medical documentation. Well, I was getting married in October and I just didn't have the time to go to physical therapy and other doctor appointments, so I waited until this year to start it all up again.
In February of this year, I received a letter from my insurance company stating that one of their employees had stolen the medical photos from my first consultation, along with my personal information. I was furious and felt very violated. This is still an ongoing issue that hasn't been resolved but I am hoping something can be done about it. With this happening, I was very nervous to restart the claim process because I knew that more photos would have to be taken and sent in to the insurance company. It was hard, but I know that I can't live the rest of my life with this intense back and shoulder pain. So, I decided to suck it up and move forward.
I went in for my consultation on July 29th and I just got approved last week. The doctor had a cancellation for this Thursday so they were able to get in me in. I'm so happy to be getting it done asap!
I guess the only real question I have for now is what kind of bra should I get for after the surgery?
2 more days
I'm getting more and more nervous about the procedure. I hate not knowing how I'm going to feel afterwards. My PS prescribed me Oxycontin and is also going to use a pain pump to infuse Novocain for the first day. My husband keeps telling me that I'll be in good shape by next week, but I'm not so sure. I've read some people feel great within a few days and others say it took a good two to three weeks. I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
Oh, and here are a couple before photos I just took really quick.
Forgot to share
Let's do this!
All done :-D
Itching like crazy
1 week post op
The first couple of days, my breasts felt very hard and the skin was really tight. They are starting to soften up and I noticed them settle a little, and the shape is looking really nice. My hubby, who was a little sad about the reduction, actually loves the new ones :) He just keeps saying how different I look and how much he likes them. Of course I was worried about his opinion of them after, so it makes me feel good.
I took Oxycontin until Monday throughout the day and night. Now, I just take 1-2 at night to help me sleep better. During the day, I've been taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen to hopefully help with the swelling.
I'm anxious to get out of this front closure bra. Not that it's super uncomfortable, it's just kind of annoying because it shifts around a lot. I may need to get a smaller size. I have my next pre-op appointment tomorrow and I'll ask my doctor what he thinks.
I couldn't get a good side pic, but I'll try to get some better ones later.
Surgical tape removed!
I picked up a couple of bralettes from Target tonight which I'm excited about. They have adjustable straps so I can wear most of my tank tops now, which is nice because it's still around 100 degrees here.
I tried on a bathing suit top that I could barely squeeze into before to see the difference. I was so happy! I still have a nice amount of cleavage but now it looks much more decent and not like I'm a porn star :)
2 weeks post op
I'm going on a weekend trip tomorrow and I'm hoping I'll be ok. I feel pretty good, but definitely still tender. I'm not as tired as I was earlier this week, so I'm hoping that continues. I'm just trying to keep my physical activity at a low and taking it easy. Thankfully the weekend will consist of mainly eating and drinking all day :)
5 weeks post op tomorrow
Everything is going really good. About a week after my last update, the two fresh spots were closed. I have a few spots that are still scabbed over, but for the most part, all the scabs have come off and the scars are very faint. I had a three week post op with my doctor and he said that he hasn't seen anyone look as good as me at three weeks! He recommended that I buy Skin Medica scar recovery serum, and his office sells it for $99. Well, I found it online for $72 with free shipping, so I ordered it from there and started using it a couple of days ago. We'll see if it was worth the money.
I've been sleeping on my side for the last two weeks and I've even woken up a few times in the middle of night because I rolled over to my stomach during my sleep. The first time I was in pain, but the last time I was actually kind of comfortable. I sleep with a pillow at my side and I was still hugging that, so I think the extra cushioning under me helped out a lot. Even though it was comfy, I rolled back to my side just in case. Sleeping has definitely gotten much more comfortable over the last few weeks!
I'm going shopping for bras tomorrow and I'm excited and nervous! I'm going to Victoria's Secret, just because I've never been able to shop there for bras. It should be quite the experience! I may just go there and get one or two really pretty ones then go to Target and get a few cheapies :)
I still haven't gotten back to my regular physical activity. I'm exhausted by the end of the day and don't have the energy to do much. My hubby and I are going to try to go walking tonight so we'll see how that goes. I'm ready to get back in the gym!
I know I said this last time, but I'll try to get some pics up as soon as possible :)
No More Scabs!!
Although I am very happy with the way I've been healing, I've been having some issues with getting myself to like the way I look. I feel like I'm still too big :( I went shopping this weekend, and I am still having to purchase clothing in larger sizes to fit my chest. I got fitted for bras and I am a 32F! I must have been more like a J or K before surgery because there's no way I am only down two cup sizes. I was also able to fit into a 34DD, but the cup is a bit on the small side and the band is a bit big. I'm not going to invest in any quality bras for another few months 1) to make sure all swelling is gone and 2) I'm hoping to get back in the gym soon and loose some weight.
Anyway, here's a pic as promised.
I still haven't gotten any new bras, but I have a gift card to VS, so I may go see if I can get a pretty lace bra since I still don't have one. I'm getting used to the size more and more every day. I still wish I was a little bit smaller, but overall, I am very happy with the difference in my overall well being. My quality of life is so much better and that was the main reason I had this surgery, so mission accomplished :)
I attached a couple pics with clothing on to show what that looks like. I now wear size smalls and mediums in shirts which is pretty awesome! In dresses, I have to get them in a larger size to fit my chest, which is kinda crappy, but at least I can now find dresses that will actually zip up/close all the way. That's a pretty good feeling, even if I have to take in the sides on my bottom half.
Now, I just need to get my butt back in the gym so I can be ready for bikini shopping in a few months!
I've had nothing but the best care from Dr. Kerr! He was informative, clear, friendly and did an amazing job. I've healed extremely well and had no issues with open wounds which to me is a direct result of how well he performed the surgery. I highly recommend him for anyone looking to get this surgery!