I decided a long time ago that I wanted a breast reduction to go from a 36DD to a 36B to help eliminate my back/shoulder/neck pain and get rid of the indentations from my bra straps, but didn't actually start the process until October 2012 (which is the same month I got denied by my insurance because my surgeon estimated that he'd remove 350g- which would put me at about a C cup- and my insurance requires 500g). I went back to the surgeon for another consultation to see if there was any way he could remove more and make me a B cup or so. He said that he was pretty sure he could, and resubmitted the claim to my insurance. I found out about a week after that I had gotten approved!
I asked if I could have my surgery done asap because I'm going to South Korea to teach for a year, and I wanted to have plenty of time to recover before I leave. At first they said that the earliest they had was May 8th, which would require me to leave for Korea later, but they were looking to squeeze me in for April 17th. I got a call this past Friday (3-15-13) asking if I wanted to have it done on Wednesday the 20th because someone had a cancellation. I was so excited that it was so soon, and since I had done so much research and read/watched testimonials from other people, I didn't really get nervous until a day or two before the surgery. The surgeon prescribed me an Ativan pill to take the night before so I would calm down and be able to sleep. It knocked me out earlier than I expected, so I didn't finish putting away my laundry lol. It also must not have worn off before my surgery because I was not worried or anxious at all. That is very shocking for me!
I had my surgery this morning, and my mom went with me. They started around 10:30am the surgery lasted about 2 hours and 45 minutes. I don't really remember waking up, but I do remember hyperventilating and crying a lot for some reason. My mom came in and helped me calm down. I was really out of it, and I couldn't get my left leg to stop shaking so much, so I told it to be like the other one that wasn't shaking! I left to go home about an hour or less later, and was really sleepy in the car. I remember talking to my mom a little bit and saying weird things to her. At one point, I was convinced there was someone in the back seat, even though my mom and I were the only ones in the car! I also told my sister later in the afternoon not to "fill up the castle too much with applesauce because I only want a little bit."
I took a little peak at my new boobs earlier, and they definitely look smaller, but not as small as I want because they're swollen. I think I will really like them!
Did anyone else sleep almost the whole day of their surgery? I couldn't stay awake for more than a few minutes, and whenever I tried to text anyone, I'd make it through 1 or maybe 2 words before I started falling asleep and typing weird things, like this text I sent to my dad: "Mother said I'm really high. I keep falling asleep k mmmmmmmmmqnnnq." LOL
I got a couple sports bras to wear over the next few months, but I can't wait to get some real bras! I found a purple one at Walmart that I really like, especially since it's my favorite color. Prior to surgery, I only liked wearing soft cup bras that don't hold their shape, but I think now that I'm smaller I will like hard cup bras. I'll also get to buy some pretty, colorful bras that I never could before because my size only came in black, gray, white, tan, or occasionally really pale pink. I can't wait! :)
Even though I haven't seen the final result yet, but I'm already thinking that I made a good decision!
Hello, everyone! I decided a long time ago...
I was feeling pretty good until this morning, when...
I tried on a few shirts and dresses that I had...
I am scheduled to get my sutures removed this...
Is it normal that the area around my incisions...
Hey girls. I'm starting to get a little...
I hope everyone is doing well and healing well or not getting too nervous about upcoming surgeries! :)
I have an appointment tomorrow with one of the...
Boobs looke great, but are still swollen. I'll upload pictures soon! :)
I went to get a few more stitches trimmed, and I...
PS- I measured right underneath my breasts, and it was 31 inches, and a couple weeks ago my breast measurement was 38 inches around, and bow it's down to 36. I know that different websites and stores have different sizing techniques and different sized bras, so I'm not sure what size that would be.
Starting to Get Used to/Like My New Size More
Happy Memorial Day!
Still too big, but much happier than before surgery
Considering Revision Surgery
The main problem is that my boyfriend doesn't think I should get surgery again. He doesn't like that there's part of me that I hate so much that I would be willing to do surgery change it. It isn't completely that I hate my boobs, though that's a huge part of it, it's also that I'm still having the same symptoms as before. My boyfriend has been trying to convince me to try properly fitting bras rather than surgery, which would help with the shoulder and back pain. I just don't want them to be this size though. I went through all that with the surgery, only to come out still too big. He said that ultimately it's my decision, which is true, but I know he wants to convince me not to do the surgery. His reaction was kind of similar to my dad's… They just don't understand what it's like because they don't have boobs or have to wear bras. I know they're worried about the risks and stuff, but I wish they understood. My boyfriend also doesn't understand why I hate big boobs. I don't know why, I just never have liked them...not just on myself, but on anyone. Whenever I see someone with a small chest, I always think about how that's what I want. I want my boobs to be as small as possible while still existing lol.
I had a bra fitting yesterday
I was thinking that I'd want to use the same surgeon. My mom thinks that he should have to do the surgery for free since he didn't take out as much as he was supposed to the first time. I don't know if that is a possibility. Since I'm a 30 instead of 32, I want to eventually be 30B or C, which would be the equivalent of 32A or B.
I forgot to say this in the previous post
Revision Surgery Scheduled!!
I'm going to bring a bra so my surgeon can get a 3D, concrete view of what I want.
How long after surgery do I have to wait to fly?
Surgery on Friday!
Had my Surgery Today!
I am starting to be able to tell the difference in size since I've had the drains in for 2 days.
I am so itchy! Everywhere but my boobs (thankfully!)...my back, legs, and arms. And I have bruises everywhere, which is weird because they aren't all obviously related to the surgery. The area between my boobs and collar bone has the most bruising, but I also have bruises on the back of my neck, along my lower jaw, my wrist near the IV site, my arms and my legs. Is that normal?
My throat is also still really sore from the tube they put down my throat during surgery.
Pictures! (All in Bra for Now)
My follow-up appointment today went well. Everything is healing well, and even though my mom and I were worried that my left side was leaking at the drain site rather than through the tube. It turns out I had a really gross blood clot in each tube that was partially blocking the tube. The nurse cleared it out, and now both sides are draining fine.
I think that's all for now. :)
Forgot to Mention This...
Still Swollen, but Making Progress!
Before, After, and After After :)
2) After 1st surgery
3) After 2nd surgery
Definitely a big difference. I don't always think that they look smaller now from the side than they did before, but in this picture, it's pretty noticeable!
I found their website while searching on Google to find good plastic surgeons. I really like the nurses and Dr. Lickstein. They were great and made me feel at ease. I would definitely recommend them! *I'm not sure how much the surgery cost because they insurance covered it, and I never really questioned how much it was because I wouldn't have been able to pay for it if it wasn't covered by insurance.