13 weeks post op and I couldn't be happier!

I would like to start by thanking all the women...

I would like to start by thanking all the women who have had the courage to post their experiences so that others may be helped! I so appreciate all the information!

I am 40 years old, 5'5" and 180lbs. I am a 34 FF and hope to be a C cup when finished.

I had my initial consultation at the end of August and just found out today that my insurance company approved payment for my surgery. I was initially declined which was really disappointing but my PS called the Dr at the IC for a "peer-to-peer" and they approved it. My advice is if you are declined, appeal! My IC was really good about explaining the appeal process so it was pretty easy.

Getting the insurance approval made it very real to me so now the nerves start! Even though I'm terrified, I know I really want the surgery because of the disappointment I felt when I got declined initially. I know I'll have tons of questions but right now I'm letting the reality set in. I've been looking at C cup bras in stores and they look so tiny and cute! Not to mention they are a fraction of what I pay for the harnesses I wear now!

It's really happening!

I had my pre op physical/history/bloodwork, etc...

I had my pre op physical/history/bloodwork, etc today. Very thorough. I'm a little nervous about the amount of tissue the insurance co needs to be removed in order to pay for it. 525g per breast is the number. The Dr is confident that he will be able to do this. Any numbers out there anyone would like to share? He is saying I may be a full B/small C. Was kind of hoping for closer to a C. I don't know... all bras look like they should be on babies compared to what I'm used to ..

I have a few bra questions for all you post-op...

I have a few bra questions for all you post-op ladies out there.
How long did you wear the surgical bra after surgery?
How long did you wear the sports bra ?
Did you buy a sports bra before or after surgery and what did you find to be the best sport bra out there?
Did it take a while to wear an underwire after the surgery because of the incisions or did you give up on the idea of an underwire entirely?

Thanks in advance for feedback!
Congratulations on your approval! I alternated the surgical bra I got from the surgery center with an ACE wrap for the first couple of weeks. I didn't buy a sports bra before that because I didn't know what size I would need. After a couple of weeks I got a cheap bra from Wal-Mart (there is a picture on my review) that my doctor said was fine. A lot of the ladies seem to like the Bali Comfort Revolution bra. At about 3 months I started wearing an underwire again. I just made sure that my incisions were completed closed and that the underwire didn't rub directly on them. Good luck!
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Welcome to RealSelf.  I am very happy to have you in the community with us.  

How exciting that you are now all approved and ready to go!   Yes it's true that in order for the insurance to cover they must remove a certain amount.  It's really very hard to get a good idea of final size prior to surgery.  All depends on the density of the breast tissue etc.   

I can tell you that I was a whopping DDD prior to surgery and now a full B and love it!   I do remember looking at the smaller bras and laughing.  My old bras looked link something from a tent and awning store!  Now the new are all small and pretty!   You will love it quickly so no worries.  Once you are healed you are going to have some sort of fun shopping for the pretty bras!

 

 

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Thank you for your post! I feel like I've lost all perspective on breast size after looking at these whoppers for years! Even if my breasts end up a little on the small side, almost all bras I see are padded. This means I'll have options for the first time! If I want to "fill out" a top or dress I'll just wear the padded bra. Easy peasy!
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Well, if I ever had any second thoughts about this...

Well, if I ever had any second thoughts about this surgery, they are out the window! I've had terrible back pain over the last two days! I can't even take a deep breath. The 24th can't come soon enough. I'll get a massage tomorrow and hopefully will feel much better.

Well, I'm two days away from my surgery and it's...

Well, I'm two days away from my surgery and it's all I can think about. I'm so excited that the waiting is awful! When I feel scared, I just go over all the ways my life will be better post-op. Any last minute advice out there?

I'm also posting some "before" pics. It's more difficult that I thought it would be and makes me even more appreciative of the women out there who did it before me.
Three days out and I'm feeling pretty good. I'm going to try to cut back on the pain meds because of constipation. I get to take a shower today so yay! This sponge bath/ dry shampoo isn't cutting it. I'm still taking it easy. I feel like doing more but don't want to run the risk of overdoing it.
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Well, my surgery was two days ago and all went extremely well. What I can see of my breasts look amazing! The staff and Dr's at my facility were awesome. I highly recommend spending the first night in the hospital if at all possible. They gave me morphine and Percocet and I breezed through the first night. I only have percocet for my at-home pain relief and am taking them every 4 hours. It really helps me rest and I want to stay ahead of the pain. I may have a low tolerance but unless I'm on the meds, I'm pretty uncomfortable. I was able to clean my own drains and I got them removed today. That was a "weird" feeling. Not painful exactly just different. I feel better having the drains out, less bulk. Overall, I'm thrilled with the results! More later as I'm pretty tired now.
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Hope all went well with your surgery! Cant wait to hear about your experience and see your post-op photos!
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I'm a week past my surgery and finally feel well...

I'm a week past my surgery and finally feel well enough to take some post-op pics. I'm a pretty queasy person so the tightness from the sutures and the numbness makes me a little light headed. Therefore, I had a hard time keeping the bra off long enough to take pics. I'm not sure what I thought was going to happen, I just felt better being "held in". Today is by far my best day yet. I got up, took a bath and washed my hair (again, the queasy feeling happens when the water hits my boobs in the shower so I'm bathing) did my hair and make-up for the first time in a week and am also dressed in something other than a bathrobe and sweats. It feels good! I'm fortunate enough to be able to hire a cleaning service while I'm recovering, so they're coming today. I'm really looking forward to that! I think I'll also go out to lunch with a friend. I'm ready to get my life back! I don't feel the need to take a Percocet but I may later on. I've weaned myself off the Percocet almost completely although I still take a Tylenol PM at night so I can sleep. I do well on that. I'm still being ultra careful but this lying around all the time is getting to me. Oh! I almost forgot! I had my post-op check up with my PS yesterday and he was very pleased with my recovery so far. The PA also told me that they would "round out" in time. They seem a little wide right now but I'm not complaining! I think he did a wonderful job. Check out the "after" pics and let me know what you think. I couldn't be happier!
OMG you are right you look great! so happy all went well..Thanks for the update
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u look great!!! i am 5 weeks now and i still prefer to be compressed as it feels better for the swelling during the evening time especially. I guess im going to just not like being braless. i dont like the way they feel when they are free. hopefully as more healing goes on that will feel bettter. happy healing!!
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Beautiful! Hope mine looks this good! I am 34HH,hoping to be C on 19 Nov!
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Help! I'm 12 days post-op and am having a bit of...

Help! I'm 12 days post-op and am having a bit of depression. Has anyone else experienced this? When I look at myself clothed, I'm thrilled with the results. Aside from that I feel terrible. I'm tired of the discomfort and not being able to do the things I'm used to doing. I know I would feel better if I could go to the gym but I'm still at least 2 weeks away from that as well. The scars are so dark, I can't visualize the end result. I also have a thickness on my side, under my arms that wasn't there before. Is this just swelling? I'm trying not to be whiny but I've been teary all morning. Just have a good cry and get over it? I don't know. It's not as though I can take the surgery back. I keep telling myself all the reasons I had the surgery in the first place but the positive self-talk isn't working so well today. Any words of encouragement would be so appreciated. Thank you...

The depression will pass so please hang on. The first month post op you will go through a ton of emotions.   It's simply too early to make any final decisions on looks, feel etc.   So just take a deep breath and know this will pass.

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Thank you all so much for the kind words! I am feeling much better today. Good cry, junk food and a good night's sleep and I've gotten a hold of myself. Thanks for letting me know that what I'm feeling is "normal". I'm so blessed to have found such a wonderfully supportive community! xoxo
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So pleased that you are feeling better today.. I tell my little girl all the time when she is grumpy.. Its OK to be grumpy and its OK to be sad.. I think we are all just so focused all the time on trying to keep up appearances that we forget that sadness is an equally appropriate emotion to happiness..
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Here I am on the "other side"! I went to the Dr...

Here I am on the "other side"! I went to the Dr last week for a check up and they say I'm healing nicely. The PA removed the remaining adhesive so my scars are pink but looking much better. I have started my scar treatment. I massage a vitamin E oil 2-3 times a day and use Vaseline on my "T" where it is slow to heal. The PA said I would have a bigger scar at that junction but I'm not worried about it. The "T" is still seeping a bit on both sides but they say it's normal. I'm still a little uncomfortable and can't reach up high or stretch really well but it's getting better every day. The most bothersome thing right now is the bottom half of my breast is totally numb (which is just a weird feeling) but my nipples are ultra-sensitive! I keep a piece of gauze covering them as an added layer of protection under my bra. Has anyone else found a way to deal with this effectively? On the plus side, I wore a wrap dress to a brunch last week that, in my other life, I had had to pin closed so the girls weren't on display too much. Now I just put it on and wore it! Extra room up top as a matter of fact! I marvel every day at the drastic change for the better in my appearance. I was so focused on getting rid of the back pain that I didn't fully realize how much better I would look. It's such a huge boost in my confidence. I forgot how it was to put on an outfit and look in the mirror and actually like what I see rather than just see a giant set of boobs. The confidence boost is remarkable. I was so much more miserable with my appearance than I realized. I used to think people who used plastic surgery to gain confidence were shallow but I get it now. I feel so grateful that I was able to have this wonderful gift not only for my physical health but my mental health as well. I took some pics that I'll be posting shortly. The best I can figure is that I'm a C cup. I haven't tried on any bras that have a cup size since I'm still waiting for my swelling on the sides to go down. I'm not sure if we're allowed to mention brand names but Fruit of the Loom sells a great bra at WalMart that has about 5 hooks in the front and it's all stretchy cotton. Not a sports bra per se but a really comfy, supportive bra that I've been wearing ever since I was allowed out of the one they gave me at the hospital. It goes by band size so I got a 36. I'm usually a 34 but I went up a size and was glad for it. Just an FYI.
Lookimg great
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Thank you!
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I also experienced hyper-sensitivity in my nipples and my PS told me to rub them a lot (even though it feels sensitive) and that would help the sensitivity go away. He said over-stimulation helps and it worked for me!
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I received a great Christmas gift... My "T"...

I received a great Christmas gift... My "T" finally stopped leaking! No more gauze pads in my bra, yay! I inadvertently slept on my stomach for the first time last night.and have been sore all day. I'll have to concentrate on still sleeping on my back for a while yet. I'm continuing to heal nicely and now that the holidays are mostly over, I can concentrate on losing a few pounds! I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. Stay safe!
Your post from november 6th describes EXACTLY what I was feeling like last night. I was just depressed, (even though I know my boobs look freaking awesome now and this is totally worth it) and so BORED. I just wanted to get out and do something, but at the same time I dont want to go anywhere because I still cant really fix my hair and doing my makeup seems pointless. This, too, shall pass! You are looking great so far, I cant wait until I am farther along in the healing process!
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I'm glad my post helped! Sometimes it's nice to know your feelings aren't unique. It seems like we all went through a bit of the blues. The best advice I got was to let myself be sad, have a good cry and tomorrow is a better day. Your body went through a trauma and our emotions are all over the place. Hang in there! You have made a hugely positive change in your life and every day you'll feel better and better. Take care and enjoy the new girls!
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Nooooo,9 wks and still on yr back?! I am dying here at 5 wks already! Cant wait for that first stomach sleep!
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It's been a little better than 3 months since my...

It's been a little better than 3 months since my surgery and I am amazed at how good I feel. I love how I look and how my neck and back pain are non existent! I can now sleep on my side and stomach with little discomfort. I still get little "darts" of pain randomly but it's nothing alarming. The scars are healing nicely. The only negative is that since I've been out of the gym for a couple of months, getting back into shape is not fun! But I'm coming along slowly but surely. This surgery was totally worth all the time, money and discomfort.
Glad you are doing so well :)
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A friend had him do her reduction and she couldn't be happier. I met him and immediately felt comfortable and respected. This Dr is top notch! He is very personable and takes time to get to know his patients on a personal level. I went to my post-op appt with a list of questions and he answered almost all of them before I had a chance to ask. The night before my post-op, hurricane Sandy was coming through and he called me personally to see how I was doing and to tell me that we can reschedule should the weather be too bad and I wouldn't be able to make it in. Overall an impressive surgeon.

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