To first read part 1 of my Breast Reduction journey, please click here.
This morning was my second shower and it was quite an experience. My goal was to get some of the glue off and not to pass out... lol. I guess I can be specific for the people who are scared to shower. Here we go:
I got a few towels ready and put one on the toilet seat to sit on after I step out of the shower. I bought some Dial Antibacterial Bodywash. Got in (luke warm water) I didn't want the water too hot for fear that it would sting on my nipples and incisions. I got in with my back to the shower and used the rag to wring water over my chest. It did sting just a little but not much. I soaped up the rest of my body leaving the chest area for last. Instead of using the rag I put some shower gel in my hands, got it all bubbly and then used my fingers to work the soap all over my incisions and rub it around trying to loosen the glue. after a couple of minute the glue was coming off in little pieces and the few open wounds on the nipples were starting to slightly sting. As soon as the glue started to come apart I notice that my incision line stitches didn't feel so tight and I had more room to stand up a little straighter (like it wasnt pulling as tight) I used the rag to wring streams of water to rinse off my chest and then got out the shower. I was starting to get a little dizzy so I sat on the towel on the toilet and then put a dry wash cloth across each breast. then dried off my body and used the blow dryer on cool setting to dry my incisions and nipples. he skin edges around the edges of the nipples was softer and more of it was beginning to peel away. There were a few spots around the nipples starting to bleed.
I put Neosporin plus pain ointment on the nipples and incision lines. Then put plain Vaseline all over the other areas of the breast (because these areas have been really dry and itchy). I got 2 non-stick gauze pads (CVS $.99 each) for my nipples to keep that fragile tissue from rubbing against my bra and ripping off and being stuck to the regular gauze pads I took a regular gauze pad and unfolded it (CVS 50 for $11.99) and placed it landscaped across my entire breast to keep the area lubricated and protect the inside of my bra from getting greasy. Then I put my surgical bra on top and used two surgical pads (CVS $1.119 each) to put between the bra band and the incision to act as a cushion. I will post pics of this for you.
Today I am still really tired and feel pretty much wiped out.
6 months post op
To first read part 1 of my Breast Reduction...
To first read part 1 of my Breast Reduction journey, please click here.
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Today my boobs are a little softer, a little less swollen and not as many zingers. Although the edges of my nipples are stinging a little and I take that to be some type of healing going on. I continue to apply my non stick gauze pads to the nipples and then Neosporin to the incisions and then Vaseline everywhere else. then cover it all in an opened gauze pad, sports bra and then ice packs.
To see my pics click part 1
3 weeks post op! I am doing great. Have started...
I am doing great. Have started sleeping in the bed and out of the recliner. Have not taken any pain medicine in a week. FNG graft looks kinda weird but is ok. The previous nipple tissue has started to fall in in pieces. All areas look pink underneath. Only have a few spots every now and then that bleed. My incisions are healing but still a little tender. The sides (near arm pits) are the most tender but I can lean on them in recliner or in bed without too much pain. The nipples are tender and VERY sensitivity to anything touching them including a bra. As the more nipple tissue sheds the area becomes a little itchy and sensitive. I keep all areas clean with dial antibacterial soap and covered in Triple antibiotic ointment. I can now bend over to pick up things and lean forward to tie my shoes without too much pain. I have been using a grabber tool to pick up stuff off the floor since week 1. I am still using a pillow in the car just because the seatbelt goes between the boobs and sometimes presses on them. Yesterday my mom gave me a hug and smashed herself up against me hard...I wanted to cry. Then 5 minutes later my 4 year old nephew rammed his little body up against me and I didn't have the heart to push him away. then an hour later my daughter elbowed me right in the boob!! all this was on my left side and then when I went to change my bandages I had a spot that had been bleeding and I know what it was from. Needless to say my left nipple feels like it is on FIRE!! All in all I am so glad I did this and the 2-3 weeks of pain will be worth a lifetime of results.
to see photos see part 1.
RELIEVED! Went to the appointment today with...
Went to the appointment today with the PS about possible FNG infection because of the yellow/green drainage.
She looked at my incisions and the nipple grafts and said that everything looked normal and there was no infection. Thank God!! She suggested that I buy some sterile Vaseline gauze and Neosporin plus pain ointment (which I already have) she also said that every evening to spend some time topless so air can get to the incisions and nipples (which I have already been doing for the past week). She also gave me the clear to go back to work next Wednesday.
I found the Vaseline gauze in the CVS brand.. the box says: Non-stick sterile petroleum emulsion latex free pads. 12 pads for $11.99. its kinda expensive but if it works that's all I care about. Thanks to all who gave me advice and uplifting words. I feel better knowing I don't have an infection.
Someone else asked me what kind of bras I bought. I bout a Danskins (Nylon material)(pill over) ( Walmart) sports bra for $9.94. I bough some Fruit of the Loom (front closure) (cotton) sports bras (Walmart) $9.99 I bought some Hanes Sport (pull over) (cotton) (Walmart) sports bras $3.24 each.
I still have to see her again at my six weeks May 14th. She told me I the meantime that I can hit the gym if I want to but no heavy arm movement and not jogging yet. She said I could do the elliptical and the treadmill but no weight lifting.
I am doing much better this week. Nipples are...
I am now sleeping in my bed but I am having a tough time staying comfortable. I am a side sleeper so sleeping on my back is tough. I try to start off on my side with pillows under me but that lasts about 30 minutes before it gets painful.
Bending over is becoming easier but reaching and stretching for things is kind of painful. I can also do laundry without assistance. before this week I could not lean over into the washer to get the clothes out. I would have to have one of my kids get items out of the washer. Now I can do it if I lean in VERY slowly. The one problem is folding clothes when you have to put things against your chest to get it folded.
My new boobs are SUPER sensitive to everything. Just having a bra or T-shirt is irritating sometimes. I think that is because I never lost sensation in my nipples and they constantly hurt. The best way to describe it is a cross between slight burning and itching and tingling. I know that is from the nipples healing and the itchiness make me want to grab a hair brush and just scratch away...lol. Its the kinda irritating itch that a mosquito bite gives you.
I start back to work on Wednesday and I am glad to have something to do other than shuffling to the fridge and watching tv. I plan on making sure I always carry a spare sports bra, Neosporin, and gauze with me to work just in case.
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I have been back to work for a week and its been ok. I am still sore and I am still having problems with my right boob, go figure.
The right boob is constantly swelling, constantly aching, the T-Junction closure has opened up and wont heal. I am not sure why my t junction incision has opened but it is tender because the bra rubs there and is slow to heal. I keep it clean and try to keep it dry. During the day I put Neosporin on it and keep it covered with a band aid. During the evening and overnight I wash it again and let it be exposed to air all night with a light layer of Neosporin.
The nipples are a work in progress. The previous nipple tissue is still shedding. Now on the right boob the only area that needs to shed is the nipple that used to project. On the left boob there is the projection part that needs to shed and on area on the side. Not sure how long that whole process takes. Both nipples has bright pink skin now and they both ooze clear fluid all day. Its weird because throughout the day the oozing slows and then dries. As it dries, of course my nipples get stuck to my bra and I have to pry it off. It doesn't hurt but every now and then I have a few blood spots which stop bleeding after about a couple of seconds. The oozing areas that dry up dry in a layer like flaky skin. when I go to wash my boobs again it comes off in a sheet. I feel like a snake shedding a layer...lol. All of the skin on my boobs is super itchy and I think that is because I cannot use lotion yet. Before the surgery I would put lotion on them every day. As far as the oozing causing my nipples to dry and stick, I used non stick gauze pads but those don't allow your skin to breathe and it was always leaving my boobs wet. And that oozing wet surface staying like that for hours was causing me to have a rash. So its works better with nothing up against them so that oozing process can finish. Sounds gross I know but we talk about everything on this site so what's a little nipple oozing....lol. I am getting used to my new boobs. Sleeping at night is becoming a little easier but the right side always swells every night. I still go to bed with an icepack on the right side to ease swelling. Don't have to take any pain meds, not even Tylenol so that's great. I have switched back to my surgical bra instead of the sports bras for now because it feels better. All the sports bra squeeze my boobs a little too hard right now. Hopefully in another month that will change.
3 months post op
4 months post op
6 Months Post Op
These past six months have been great. I asked my doctor to make me a D cup but I have discovered that depending on which store I shop at I am a large B or a small C. I have not been able to find a bra that fits me. After so many years of wearing bras that didn’t completely cover me up, now I have bras that I cannot fill up….lol. I have tried on probably 20 different bras in the store in the past 3 months and the only bras I can wear now that fit me are sports bras. But I am fine with that. I still have quite a bit of numbed skin six months later. The entire bottom/underneath of each boob is completely numb on the surface but itches on the inside. How is that even possible. Well one day I broke out in hives on my boobs because I used a new soap and I was thankful that I could not feel my skin that was hived up. I had hives the size of dimes all over my boobs and could feel nothing so I was glad for that. My nipples are two different colors: an outer ring color of brown and an inside color of bright pink. Looks kinda weird and I don’t know if it will ever all be the same color. I worry about explaining how a new boyfriend would feel about me not having nipples anymore. I don’t have nipples like I did before. The surface of my nipples are smooth as butter and no longer project but responds to temperature. I still have these side pockets near my arm pits that wont go away. I am hoping as I lose my weight that it will go away. I don’t regret a thing because I haven’t had back pain or neck pain once since my surgery. All of my shirts and dresses fit better. I can rock a tank top around the house with no bra and everything is not flopping everywhere. When I lay down my boobs no longer collect in my armpits. The one thing that scares me is getting a mammogram. When they squeeze them down will it rip my inside sutures?? LOL
9 months post op (see part 1)