Best decision of my life so far! Very happy :) ;)

So hello ladies :) I am due to have my breast...

So hello ladies :) I am due to have my breast reduction this Saturday the 6th September. I am in the UK and paying privately. The cost for me here is £6000 so probably around $9000. I am a size 36H and I hate my boobs. They seemed to appear over night and gradually got bigger and saggier! I am so ready for the new me now!!

Just a few more pictures

Just a few more pictures to help you if you can relate! You can see lefty is slightly bigger here

Night before surgery!!

So my surgery is at 8.30am tomorrow and I have to be at the hospital for 7.30...... I'm a weird mixture of terrified and excited but I'm looking forward to seeing the new me! My trusty bra of the last few months has just given up on me today!!... (It must know!) and the wire is now sticking through the middle of the bra! Enough is enough and undo ready for this. Thank you for all the lovely and supportive comments. Xxx

One hour to go!

Surgery now at 10.00... Quick picture!

Ok well here's the story!

BETTER PICS TO FOLLOW SOON!

Hi everybody thank you so much for all of your kind words the last couple of days. Just thought I'd share my story with you now and fill you in on my surgery! I'll keep it as brief and informative as I can :)

So I had surgery at 11am (after it being delayed by an hour). I was so incredibly nervous and with no exaggeration I went to the toilet about 10 times in that hour. Then they came for me and we went down to theatre. Had a few checks then went into the anaesthesia room.

Oh can I just say at this point the anaesthetist/nurses/surgeon have all been beyond lovely and I'm so happy with the care I've received. So anyway I went into the room and panic set in. Jonathan (anaesthetist) explained everything that was going on- then another lovely doctor squeezed the top of my left arm and it started to get pins and needles and the anaesthetist was trying to get the cannula into my hand- I then started to cry uncontrollably and the nurse was lovely and kept wiping my tears.

Then that is all I can remember. Gone. Completely out of it. Next thing I know I'm awake and alive! The only way to describe how I felt was like a really stingy sensation. I was sore and very groggy. Apparently I was in the recovery room for a lot longer than normal as I'd had a bad reaction to the anaesthetic and became quite aggressive and upset. Flinging my arms around and unfortunately dislodging one of my drains. ( more on that later)

So I'm awake and my mum is there and the nurses. Just slowly coming back to life. Had some late lunch brought to me - which I wasn't really interested in . Then suddenly out of the blue I started to sweat, my vision and hearing disappeared and I fainted. I woke up with the doctor and nurses and my BP had plummeted. They don't know why but they immediately put me on a saline drip and I began to feel better. They think my fluids were just so low my body went into meltdown.


So after that I was OK. Pain meds were helping me and I was taking anything and everything they offered (do it!). I had a sneak peak and oh my- my boobs were so tiny and neat! I can't see the nipple as it's covered in dressing. So I just lie in my bed for the day and watch TV.


Around 18.00 I really need to use the toilet so the nurse helps me and sits me down. I do my business then stand up. The drain had leaked everywhere- it was like a scene from CSI! It was leaking from me..... Not the drain and I slumped against the wall with my BP falling and was carried to my bed. I could feel the hot blood dripping from me but I felt safe- doctors and nurses everywhere helping me. That was the last scary thing to happen.


I don't want to put anybody off with that but that's my story and I feel it needs to be told. After that everything settled- new dressing on drain area and started to feel more comfortable. Got up in the night with the nurse a couple of times to use the bathroom and no problems. BP being checked regularly. Nurse woke me up a couple of times too to give me pain killers and a dose of antibiotics ( 3 doses is standard apparently)

Didn't sleep well last night. Woke up every hour not in pain just woke up ! I've had this noisy leg machine on all night keeping my blood pumping around!

Apparently my surgeon had come to see me last night to check I was OK but I was sleeping.... I know I felt somebody hold my hand to see if I was ok.... But I was too tired to speak. He has been absolutely brilliant and said I had been very brave! Gold star for me hahaha!

So now it's nearly 8am. Drains still in and I'm having breakfast soon. Nurse thinks drains should come out today hopefully and I'm staying one more night because of my complications. But please remember these don't happen to everybody and you are in such safe, capable hands.

I look in the mirror and all I see are these fantastic - tiny- round boobs that stand to attention and I think to myself...... It's soooo been worth it! Any questions I'd be happy to answer. Xxxxx

A pic from today

Just a quick picture! Look nice and neat- do you think bra is too tight?

Day 2- drain removal

Had my drains taken out last night at 6pm. I got myself so worked up about it and started to get really upset. She literally did it and I felt NOTHING. A slight odd sensation when one came out but it was SO much better than I thought. I had some morphene ( spelling?) before hand which may of helped considerably so ask for that! Slept a solid 8 hours last night with no pain relief and woke up feeling so much better with the restraints of the drains. Had some pain meds this morning and looks like I'll be gone at midday! The only thing I'm feeling now is itchy and slightly stiff. Occasionally there's the odd sharp pain but other than that ladies I'm good! I think any surgery the first 24hrs is rough but it definitely gets better day by day. X x x x

Oh I meant to post this :)

The staff here are exceptional. Here is my Sunday dinner from yesterday! If you are in the south west of England please come here! Private message me if you live locally and want more info xxx

OMG! That's 5lbs!!!

Just found this in my hospital bag! They removed 805g from right
And 1065 from left!!!!!!!!
Holy macaroni!

Day 5 - dressing change

Well today I'm feeling a a bit more normal. Back isn't as stiff as it has been and constipation has gone lol! Managed to put a bit of make up on too so feel semi human.

Went to have my dressings changed today and all is fine. One of my drain holes is oozy slightly but everything else is looking good.

They are very tender and swollen and don't look superb at the moment but a lot better than they did! Like the way when I sit up they stay sitting up too lol ! Here's a quick pick I managed to sneak. Back in on Monday to see my surgeon. Can't shower until he says I can though :( :( :(

So I'm itchy and irritable!

Barely got any sleep last night. This bra is digging in my swollen sides so much and it's really frustrating me. I am really itchy everywhere too and this bra isn't helping. Anybody know if I can take it off for an hour? I've developed a sweat rash under my left armpit too even though I've been washing them everyday! So that's sore too ;( my eyes just keep trying to close and I'm a bit weepy and emotional today which is so unlike me! Everyday has been so different and today is a bit rubbish. Hope everybody is doing ok. Xxx

So funny!

My dad has literally just had to cut me out of that bra I had on! It was giving me the deepest sorest grooves in my side! I know have my proper surgical bra on that currently feels like heaven compared to that other thing! And best bit- this is a D cup ! WHooooooooooooo xx

Here they are unwrapped.

Ok so here they are unwrapped. I am happy with the shape of them and they are so perky. Nipples still seem a tiny bit low but am I just being a typical woman and looking for unrealistic perfection? LOL. I am happy with them and they look so good under clothes.

So went to the hairdressers today

Had a really great hair wash ( 3 shampoos!) and a nice treatment. Blow dried and straightened and feeling SO much better for it. Was pretty exhausting though and I'm home now chilling on the sofa! :) here is a little picture for everybody- stomach seems to be deflating. I don't know if I'm annoying people with the constant pic updates but I just can't believe that's me in the mirror with small boobs!! Hope everybody is doing great on here. X x x x x

Finally my breasts don't suffocate me!

So I realised this morning for the first time in about 10 years that my breasts don't suffocate me when I lie down! They sit on my chest wall where they should be and it's so unbelievably nice!

Update and I have a question! :)

Had my first apt with my PS today. All looks good and I have been told I can shower now- yay! Have to change the tape though afterwards which I'm a bit scared of doing! I forgot to ask him- when can I start massaging in creams/oil for scar reduction? Anybody been advised on this yet? Thank you :)

Picture update!

Hello all of you lovely ladies. Just a quick update on day 10 (?). So happy today with how they look and hope to god they stay looking this good! :) :)

Low blood pressure

So today I had a shower and began to change my dressings- no pain or anything . Then I suddenly felt very faint and once again the dizziness overcame me and I just slumped myself on the bed loosing hearing and vision. Slowly came around and had some water.

Called the hospital and went to see them at 16.00. She checked my BP and it was quite low. Turns out low BP runs in my family which I only found out today from my mum. I think all the trauma from the surgery combined with that just made me more prone to BP problems.

Anyway nurse changed my dressing - a small area on the right boob (TBsection) is still a bit weepy and oozy - yuck! So I now have to go back every two days for a check and dressing change which is fine by me as I didn't like doing them myself! I have been very blessed to have such an excellent hospital 5 mins from me.

Other than that I'm fine! Hope everybody is doing well and anybody who's just had surgery or it's looking tomorrow good luck and best wishes xxxx

Don't burn your old bras!

I'm a huge animal lover and have followed this amazing charity for a while now. Any unwanted bras can be sent to this worthwhile charity that helps dogs in need in Afghanistan. Just read some of the harrowing stories of neglect and It will bring a tear to your eye. Amazing charity provided by the armed forces rescuing and caring for dogs whilst providing education to others on how to treat animals. Post your bras on ladies!!! Xxxxx

So a thought crossed my mind

As a single girl in my 20's I never even thought about how I would go about approaching the fact that I've had a breast reduction to a potential partner. It wasn't until I came across an article today about how a guy had dumped a girl because he found out her boobs where fake!

I can't believe that thought never crossed my mind. I guess to men - boobs are a big turn on and make a woman a woman. I'm thinking that they would be disappointed to find out that mine weren't "perfect".... I guess I am interested now to see how guys react. I only ever thought about myself throughout this whole process. It's just an idle thought that crossed my mind this afternoon.. Maybe I have too much time on my hands!

Will this mark go?

Silly question but the first bra I put on was really right and I had it on for my first few days..... I've been left with this deep red mark on either sides (pictured) ....... Do you reckon it will go? How annoying!!! I don't need anymore scars than I already have hahaha.!

So I'm allergic to the tape!

Went for another dressing change today so they could check on my T section that wasn't healing that fast. Nurse said my skin was "red raw" and she thinks I've had a reaction to the surgical tape that's been put on!

So it's all come off and now I am free of all tape and just have a gauze on the icky bit. I knew my healing was very slow..... It still stung badly when the dressing were coming off :(

She said if I kept it on any longer then it would probably blister and become infected.... OMG nooooooo. So she has told me to have a shower tonight and let the warm water run over my scars and wounds and "air dry" for 30 mins after with a towel over me. So that's the next stage!

I hope I don't get an infection :( :( I should of known my skin would react to this tape as I have very sensitive skin!

Picture updates

As you can see, right is still sore and has a small opening under nipple and under breast (T junction).. I can also see that my left is bigger than the other. Hope they even themselves out some what. Close ups of scars in these pics too.

Incorrect in last post

Meant my right was the problem boob not the left! The mirror image threw me off haha. This was the boob that didn't drain as well so I'm hoping the swelling will reduce it eventually to the same size :( feel a bit depressed with it all today.

Morning everybody thought I'd share this

This picture was the final nail in the coffin. When I saw this picture (above!!) I knew I had to do something drastic about my breasts. Can't even stand looking at it ! And whilst they aren't perfect now they are 100x better than before. #grateful

2 weeks already!

So I'm over the 2 week mark now- still the righty has yet to heal over completely. I'm back to the hospital today for them to look it over. Other than that I'm OK, not sleeping too well and I'm desperate to lie on my front/side. Showering daily now which is great and thinking over some positive life changes whilst I am off. Anybody due for their surgery this week then I wish you the best of luck. Xxx

Last apt with nurse

Had my last check today with the nurse.... My PS happened to be in the building and saw me too. He was really happy with everything and asked if I was too.... Which I am! :) no more apts now until I see him again in 3 weeks before I go on holiday. Actually feel a bit sad the experience is coming to an end! The staff have been more than lovely! Now it's time to get on with my life and start afresh x x x x

Dog ears?

Only just read about this phenomenon! Thankfully I don't appear to have them? My cleavage thankfully gives nothing away! Very happy :)

Hi everybody.

Hello everybody- had a few days away from the website as I was becoming obsessed comparing myself to other people's results on the site.
I actually felt my breasts for the first time properly last night and it was really odd. I have no feeling in my nipples and underneath when I touch them. I can feel when my nipples get cold etc and I have many twinges in them but no touch sensation.
It was almost like I was touching somebody else and it freaked me out a lot! It's probably something I will get used to! Other than that healing is going well I think. Scars have started to scab now and are quite red in colour.

Advice please

I can't tell if this look like normal healing or perhaps an infection? Any advice appreciated. Xxx

Little update <3

Hi all, firstly can I just say a big THANK YOU to all of the comments and messages I've received on here... They have been really lovely and got me through a few bad days. If I haven't replied to some I am really sorry as I can't keep up sometimes and find myself scrolling down endless pages not being able to find the comments! Phew :)
Anyway no infection which is a relief and I'm still in the healing process. Off on holiday in 2 weeks to NYC and nervous about the flight and the possibility of exhausting myself over there: I'll take it easy and live off bagels :) xx

Another comparison pic.

Are words really needed girls? October is here and a whole new bunch of you are getting your reductions!!! Good luck to all you lucky October reductionee's (?) lol xxxx

She who dares..... Wins(?)

Something that has hit me these last couple of weeks is.... The big black mist overhead.... Depression. I've felt very down and it's lead me to this question..... Do people have cosmetic surgery go in with the mindset that it will change their WHOLE life?

I am speaking very personally now and would love to hear your opinions. I went into this process with my eyes WIDE open. I'm not a naive person and pride myself on being very head strong. I hated my breasts like a lot of you and knew I had to change them to feel better about myself. But I must confess in the back of my mind something was telling me that this could change my whole life and it hasn't.

Don't get me wrong I'm so happy with the results and I'm now happy with my breasts. The other aspects in my life that make me unhappy however have not altered. I almost think it's what mothers who experience post natal depression must feel (stick with me this is going somewhere).

You spend months planning, looking forward to, spending lots of money and telling everybody how fabulous it is going to be. The day comes around- it's painful, it's tiring and you've totally got what you've wanted for the first time and you are overjoyed. Days pass and the pain and joy lessens but yet, you're still left with the problems you had before.... I'm not a mum so I am just going on personal experiences from friends and family on PND. Also note I know how severe it can be and I am in NO way comparing my post surgery depression with it.

I didn't see this coming but it has. I'm dealing with it day by day but I thought I'd put this out here even it one person can relate.

Much love x x x

I look good in a tshirt for the first time EVER.

Cheap tshirt from H&M in a medium!! Happy happy days :) xx

Great news

Went surgical bra shopping today and the results are in.... I'm a 38C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D swelling has seemed to of reduced dramatically over the last few days too.
I'm still tape less and open to the elements. Hoping the lack of tape won't make my scars any worse in the long term. My PS doesn't seem to have a problem with me not having anything on.

One month pictures

2 month post op

So here I am two months post op. Feeling fine and healing nicely. Starting to massage now with scar oils. No regrets at all. Hope everybody is doing well on here :)

Question!

Hi all! Sorry I haven't been on here much- I went on holiday then had a bad case of tonsillitis and have been under the weather. I'm back at work now and everything is "normal" again. Just wondered when you girls started using scar oils/lotions/moisturisers ON your scars? I see my PS next week but would like to start massaging my scars with something now. Any help appropriated as always.
Xxxx

Scar updates

Hi all! I've been absent from this site for a while, I have been super busy with work and generally just getting my life back in order after that crazy BR whirlwind!
Here are some pics of my scars and more boobs! I am tidying up my profile and getting rid of a few pointless photos too! X
P.S I'm not permanently in my PJS it's just generally I am in them when taking pictures after a shower!

Officially discharged!

Hi everybody. I was officially discharged today from my consultants care. It's been such a roller coaster of emotions the last couple of months. 6th September seems like a lifetime ago and as my PS said to me ... Better to forget it most of the time but good to reflect on it occasionally. I honestly feel like a different person. It not only changed my body but my kind too.
Christmas is getting closer and life seems to be getting brighter. I hope that anybody who has this surgery experiences what I did and I feel so grateful for everything. X

Bras 'n scars!

Just over two months post op now. I like to keep posting pictures as I know some people might be looking at them whilst trying to pluck up the courage to have this surgery done.
Scars are quite red at the moment, using bio oil daily. I am wearing underwire bras now all day. At night I wear a genie bra.
I no longer have sore shoulders/sore boobs/sore back/bad posture/I can fit into my work shirts/men talk to my face etc etc.
The benefits of this reduction are just endless. I am much more confident. I can happily walk around the supermarket in just a t shirt rather than covering up in a coat all the time. It's been one heck of a journey but worth it 100%. Xx

Consultants pictures

Whilst at first I was mildly horrified when I came across my pictures on my surgeons website..... I actually thought "ok that's pretty good- he obviously thinks they look good!".

The before shocked me- I had almost forgotten how they looked and I'd never seen them from somebody else's perspective and lense!!!!!
Bristol Plastic Surgeon

Couldn't have chose a better surgeon. Extremely friendly and approachable. Seems to go above and beyond to help you in any way. Post op care was just as good as my inpatient care. Highly highly recommended.

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