Finally I speak! I have been reading for some time...
Finally I speak! I have been reading for some time and I can definitely say that I have been encouraged by all of your stories. And yes like all of you I started developing around 12. My first bra was a B cup and now at 28 years old, 5' 5'' and 140 lbs I am a .... 34G (the long sagging type). For a long time I never knew anyone with breasts like me and I thought I was the only one in the world with breasts that never ever passed the pencil test.
I thought about breast reduction for years and through reading this blog it became tangible and not just a dream. I have had two consultations with two great PS and I'm now weighing my options. Insurance won't cover and I'm paying out of pocket (bummer)...photos will come soon :)
So I'm going to have a 3rd consultation on Tuesday and I'm super excited. I really want to have this surgery this month because school gets hectic in September. Any specific questions I should be asking? My first two were okay but my heart is telling me that there is better out there. Either that or reading all your stories has made me very picky. I think about it
all day everyday and I can't sleep at night. I'm so anxious and I don't even have a date yet. Is that weird?
Found my guy
I finally settled on a PS. I have my physical on Aug. 12 and my pre-op is scheduled for Aug. 15th.
The paper work from a different surgeon (one whom I thought I would use) also suggested that I started taking Standard Process Chlorophyll Complex and A-F Betafood, 2 weeks beforre surgery. Anyone took these? I was not told to stop birth control (pill) either, but I noticed many of you were.
One more week
I am one week away and didn't feel so good today. Woke up with some serious bloody stool this morning ( I had it once before in April). Lots of blood, I thought I had my period. Anyway, I had my scheduled physical with my GP and she looked at my anus and found that I had an anal fissure (tear). Surprised much! because I had no pain or strain and my stool was soft. Anyway she cleared me for surgery and said I should cut back on these supplements (way too much vitamin A for one day) and take miralax.
Feeling better now, ate and relaxed . I can't wait for next week. Already ordered my surgical bra and some cute sports bras for the weeks after.
Bra Size Calculator
Found a really cool bra size calculator. Thought I'd share: http://www.85b.org/bra_calc.php
My 7 day pre-op measurements are: Above- 31, Below: 28 and Bust: 38
This gave me a bra size of 32F. I guess I need to update my title.
One more sleep
Tomorrow is the big day. See you on the other side.
I made it
20 Aug 2013
Day of treatment
On the other side. Haven't seen them yet but they look tiny in a bra. Thanks for all the support. Will post pics soon
update- 2 days post op
Finally got to see the girls. I'm elated and excited. Still in some pain when the meds wear out. But I'm feeling good overall. I threw up this morning and the evening after surgery but was told it's a side effect of Percocet.
4 days out
My girls are so awesome. Haven't had any pain killers for the day and i didn't throw up. Hip hip hooray!. I do have some bruising under my right arm and no feeling in my left nipple :( But I am confident I will regain all sensation and I will be able to breast feed. God is awesome. Posting a pic.
Day 5 post op
Total love right now. Wearing a regular sports bra right now.
second follow up and Zingers
So I had my second post-op follow-up this morning and doc told me I can resume normal activity including exercise, starting this weekend. What? Okay
I feel the zingers all through my left boob ( the more numb one). It feels weird and I grab on to it each time I feel it. But, I do have more sensation since they started.
I've been off the pain meds and only take 2 Tylenol once a day. I must say I love this feeling.
Oh an no more constipation. Thank goodness.
1 week out..
I'm heading back to school/work today. I feel good. Hopefully the day ends well.
Surgery Details and 2 weeks post op
So today marks 14 days since my surgery and I just realized that I never gave the details of my surgery.
My surgery was scheduled for August 20th at 12:15 pm. I arrived at the hospital just before 10:00 am and I was immediately checked in and prepped for surgery. A pregnancy test was the first thing they did, then my weight and vitals. I was then bought to the pre-op area to undress and my family was brought in to wait with me. The pre-op nurse was very nice and told me that my surgery might be early since my PS was 30 min ahead on his previous surgery. Then I met with the anesthesiologist and his nurse. My PS then came in around 11:30 and and drew on my breasts free hand (he didn't use any tape measure like he did during my consultation). He did catch me taking a selfie when he walked in and made a joke of it.
My family was asked to leave before noon and the anesthesiologist came back around noon. He told be that he was about to give me a sedative through my IV and I saw him take it out of his shirt pocket, inject it into my IV and place the empty syringe back into his pocket.
Then I saw the pre-op nurse talking to me and telling me "you're in recovery, it's all done". I was like "WHAT?" I thought they were still trying to sedate me. It all felt like 2 seconds had gone by. I now have a vague memory of being told that they are moving me to the operating bed, and seeing that I was being strapped and people in scrubs standing around me.
I immediately felt the tightness in my chest and I told the nurse my pain level was a 4. My family came in and they just kept asking me questions. All I could tell them is shut up. I could not stand the talking. My hubby would not listen and kept talking, so i eventually gave him the finger (lol). They later told me it scared them so much seeing me in so much pain. He said I looked like I was dying so he was trying to keep me awake (bless his heart). I was discharged at 4 pm and was home by 5 pm. I drunk some chocolate milk took a percocet and went straight to bed. I threw up later that night, ate a sandwich and some dry cereal, took another percocet and saw the next day.
I feel a lot better. The Zingers are excruciating and wake me up at night. They're not painful, but feel like a mini seizure in my breasts. Some are longer than others. I have more feeling in my left breast now but not at the nipple. The left nipple is responsive to stimulation, but I just can't feel it. It also has more scabs around the areola. My right looks bigger than the left and I still have bruising under the right arm. Overall, I guess I'm healing well and I'm allowing the scabs to fall off and not peeling them.
Hope this helps someone. Pics in separate post
3rd Follow up
Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since my surgery and I had my 3rd follow up today. Doc says everything looks good and cleared me to do any and everything. I do think he's a bit unorthodox but I love him soo much. Anyway the girls look fine. My righty seems to be healing faster than my lefty but they should even out he says.
Can't believe its been 4 weeks. Girls are healing fine. I have these zingers at the strangest times. Left nipple still numb but responds to stimuli. Started scar therapy last week. And they feel sore at the end of the day. Like an over worked muscle.
It's been a little over 5 weeks. I feel great. Back to normal I think mostly. Last week I yanked out 3 internal stitches around my areola that did not absorb and I think hindered healing. Now lefty is progressing nicely. I can see the slight drop and fluff I guess. I don't think I like the new shape though :(. But ce la vie. Less zingers, better sleep and workouts. Still no feeling in left nipple
6 week update
11 Oct 2013
2 months post
No complaints. Less zingers. They still feel sore if I wear a bra with little support for too long. And still no sensation in left nipple.
But everyone thinks I lost a ton of weight when I really didn't.
29 Oct 2013
2 months post
No change from before except that my scars at my cleave are and bit raised and bigger
more 10 weeks
30 Oct 2013
2 months post
They have settled quite a bit. I really wish they didn't. They're shaped a bit differently but it's more obvious in photos than in the mirror. Lefty is the baby but a trooper. She's smaller, has more scarring at the areola and the nipple has no feeling yet. But she does get hard faster than righty. Weird. I still wear my support bra 24 hours a day to avoid excess sagging too soon. No regrets. I never had a real problems. Never saw an open would or oozing after day 1.
12 Weeks..sighhhs deeply
13 Nov 2013
3 months post
So I think my breasts are growing. This is depressing. I hate the way they look in photos when my hands are down. Right looks wayy bigger than left in photos. I guess they couldn't be perfect. And I think I'm a 34D. I bought 34C and they seem uncomfortable. Anyway I havent had any back pain and still no feeling in left nipple.
20 Dec 2013
4 months post
So it's now 4 months. Everything is going great. At 4 months I still have some zingers and sometimes they're very intense. Usually when I'm not moving. My left nipple is still numb. They have settled a lot. I only notice how low they are in photos and I wish they stayed as perky as day one. I have no regrets though.
Life is great. I don't remember life without them. Or how I lived. I have bought too many bras. I'm a full C. And I can fit into a 34C or D. I have also bought some really cute strapless dresses. That fit so great. 2013 has blessed me and I'm so thankful. Never did I thought that this would be my greatest accomplishment for the year. I feel awesome.
1 year update
It's been a couple of months since I updated my profile. Everything is awesome. I have a lot more sensation is my left nipple. And I still have numb spots around both breasts. I have zingers maybe once a month. Otherwise I have no issues. They have sagged quite a bit and I have to remind myself that this is a more natural look. But I've remained a 34C and my wardrobe has expanded tremendously.