The Dreaming, Planning and Waiting Are Over!
- updated 8 months ago
I've never been happy with my prematurely sagging...
- 6 Dec 2012
- 12 days pre
I've never been happy with my prematurely sagging breasts and they have always been a private but constant source of embarrassment and discomfort for me. Social situations where less clothes are expected; trips the the beach, the swimming pool, wearing certain clothes- (dresses are a problem) and not to mention encounters with the opposite sex render me self-conscious and awkward.
I have been wrestling with this self loathing for nearly a decade, and I have considered having this operation for years but things have gotten in the way (namely college, university, and work) but it was only this year that I decided that I wanted it to happen.
I have told very few people (parents and close friends) and telling them was not easy- especially my mother. In the end I had to *show* her what I looked like under my bra and even she had no idea they were as droopy as they were. (A tad embarrassing for me to do.)
She has been invaluable to me in her support (I'm also going to be paying her back untill I'm 30!) and I am eternally grateful to her in the journey ahead.
My operation is set for the 19th of December (Remember- New Boobs are for life, not just for Christmas) and I can't believe how fast time has gone, and how much waiting I have left! I know I need to make the most of this time as I'm going to be pretty incapacitated afterwards (and yes I'm staying at my beloved mothers and shes looking after me.)
So as a newbie on this site if anyone has any pre-op tips or things I need to buy beforehand let me know. The fear hasn't kicked in yet- I'm sure I have that to come...
The only thing off putting about having this...
- 8 Dec 2012
- 11 days pre
I wanted to hear from anyone who had a breastlift BEFORE having children and what their experience of it was- It differs from person to person of course but I'm curious to know whether any milk is produced at all- or it does but not enough. Don't spare the gory details!
This site is so addictive! Anyway- my operation is...
- 9 Dec 2012
- 10 days pre
• Castor Oil (For medication side effects) ½ Teaspoons on an empty stomach (apparently)
• 3x post operative bra's (I was told to get one size bigger in the ribcage then I am normally, so a 36 not a 34 UK size)
• Arnica tablets
• Palmer’s Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil/Palmers Scar Serum
• Tamanu Balm- this has been recommended by the hospital group - anyone used it?
• Silicone Gel Scar Treatment Sheets
• Vitamin E oil
• Paracetomal (Tylenol for the Americans reading)
• Ice packs (OR frozen peas if I'm feeling cheap...)
• Gauze/cotton pads
• ‘Stool softener’ Eww…
• Milk of Magnesia (don't know what this is but someone else mentioned it)
• Nytol- to help me sleep
• Button up nightie (check)
• Dry Shampoo (check)
Have I missed anything? I'm a bit of a 'planner' have you noticed? lol
I have a 'countdown' app on my phone home screen...
- 10 Dec 2012
- 9 days pre
Telling/not telling people is something I think will be more of a problem after my op- people I am friends with but who I haven't told wondering where I am- why I won't be coming out for New Years etc. I'm going to have to say I've got the flu- I suppose its the kind of excuse I can get away with in December!
It is now finally and officially 1 WEEK AWAY!...
- 11 Dec 2012
- 8 days pre
Well last night was the last 'night out' before my...
- 16 Dec 2012
- 3 days pre
Only one more day at work and I'm off! All the...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 2 days pre
I've had constant butterflies in my stomach today...
- 18 Dec 2012
- 1 day pre
Currently waiting for my op- early start this...
- 19 Dec 2012
- Day of treatment
Well its done! Trying to get get my head around...
- 20 Dec 2012
- 1 day post
Finally got to the room (TV, massive bathroom, nice views) and waited around for a bit and various nurses came in to speak to me- checking blood pressure/urine sample/height/weight pre op questions (my favourite- are you wearing dentures?!) More waiting then finally the doctor came in to 'line me up' a very surreal experience only in the fact that I've seen so many pictures of women being lined up that I couldn't believe it was finally my turn!
So more waiting- then I found out that the anesthesiologist was delayed coming in so my surgery was pushed back from 11 till half 1. A bit annoyed as I was getting so hungry by that point, and I was trying to do anything to distract myself from my hunger pangs (reading, listening to music/podcasts, watching tv etc.) so all in all I was waiting for 6 and a half hours in the hospital! All the time feeling a mixture of excitement/nerves/hunger and boredom.
Finally the nurse came in and said it was time! Suddenly felt very scared-and was helped into my gown, DVT socks, hair net and disposible knickers (or panties if you are of the American persuasion) by my mum and the nurse. Emotional goodbye to my mum and then me and the nurse walked to the theatre together. Sat in the ante-room with her for a bit while they were setting up- awkward small talk with the nurse (wasn't in the mood but didn't want to be rude.)
Walked in- lay on the operating table (I am freaking out in my head at this point-my heart is banging in my chest) set me up for the operation (took two men to find a vein in the back of my tiny hand) and as the anesthesia went in I felt this warm creeping sensation up my arm. My eyes felt heavy like someone was physically closing them for me and thought- 'Oh look at that it's working!'
The next thing I remember is seeing two nurses at the bottom of the bed-
'Are we ready to go down now?" I asked,
'You've already had the operation sweetheart!' said a nurse,
I looked down and I suddenly noticed what had happened- my chest felt very heavy and constricted, like my bra was on too tight and I had a weight on my chest. But no pain as such. My mum turned up again and as I gradually came round- my whole body started to shake like I was really cold (even though the room was warm) I found out later that this is normal and a side affect of the anesthesia wearing off and the body returning to normal temperature.
The next few hours were a blur or check ups (blood pressure) anti-biotics being put in (cold liquid not warm) food being delivered (much needed even though I didn't feel hungry when I woke up) listening to music, watching tv and drifting in and out of sleep for hours.
I was told by the nurse that if I needed a pee I would have to be supervised the first time round- well the time came and getting up was a challenge, shakey baby steps to the toilet while holding onto my drains (not too much blood but grusome none the less.) That nurse came to check up on me throughout the night after that (about every 2 hours) and she was so lovely and gentle, she was a middle aged woman with a soft west-Indian accent- and had a gap in her teeth when she smiled at me. Around 5 she came to take my drip and drains out (one side hurt more than the other) and after she took my bra off she commented on how good they looked already. "I know- I can hardly believe its happened' 'Well they're yours now' she said.
I got quite emotional for the first time and had a little cry- it still hasn't sunk in completly and still won't untill I see them fully next week (for my first post-op appointment.)
Well I'm back at my parents now and I'm signing off for a while- I'd also like to thank all of you who have posted messages; they've really helped me and given me something to look forward to reading in the wee hours. Will post again soon.
I've just had my first full nights sleep since the...
- 20 Dec 2012
- 1 day post
A third day has passed since my op and the...
- 22 Dec 2012
- 3 days post
Scratching, scratching, scratching..,Happy...
- 24 Dec 2012
- 5 days post
Well today was the day of the big reveal- the...
- 27 Dec 2012
- 8 days post
Downers: my back is killing from sleeping on it, but it's a small price to pay!
Well it's been two weeks to the day since my op...
- 2 Jan 2013
- 14 days post
I have a question for anyone who wishes to answer-...
- 8 Jan 2013
- 20 days post
Well its been 4 weeks since my operation- things...
- 18 Jan 2013
- 30 days post
It's been a while since I've posted, but I am now...
- 1 Apr 2013
- 4 months post
Scar treatment is still ongoing and it's still slow to recover- they are still red- but only underneath, the vertical scarring is barely visible and the scars around the nipples blend in quite nicely. As for their shape, one breast looks oddly scalloped underneath but according to my surgeon they will settle over the next few months.
My 3 month check up went well but he told me to carry on with the scar treatment- I ordered a quite expensive tube of dermatix gel, have yet to see any results from that. (Also using Circa care gel sheets.)
I've gone down 2 cup sizes and spent a bit of time the other day throwing out all my old bras- they are huge in comparison to how they are now. It's so nice to be a more regular size- bras are more accessible when you are in the A-DD bracket.
I've been told to have another check up with my surgeon in 6 months time. It should be interesting to see how they look then...they look better in real life then they do captured on camera so I'm not too concerned.
Does anyone have any info on scar treatment? When did you notice them starting to fade to silver?