7 months Post-Op *UPDATE* - East Lansing, MI

Hello, im 20 years old, im 5'8" and i weigh...

Hello,

im 20 years old, im 5'8" and i weigh about 150lbs. i have size 36 G breasts and im pretty much miserable. i have constant back and neck pain that makes my daily life (college classes, work, exercise, etc) difficult and im starting to get desperate.

i started thinking seriously about breast reduction surgery about 2 years ago when i went away to college. i was a 36 DD at the time. all of the walking around campus with my backpack and hunching over the tiny desks in lecture halls was giving me some neck and back pain, but overall i could handle it.

About a year ago, i started taking birth control and my breast exploded to their current size in a matter of a few months. thats when i started noticing more problems. the neck and back pain got much much worse, the grooves in my shoulders got more noticeable, the irritation under my breasts (especially when it was hot out) cause really bad itching, and my self esteem plummeted. i'm a curvy girl but no where near chubby or fat (i wear between a 6 and 8) but i wear baggy clothes to hide how large my breasts are. this in turn makes me feel frumpy and unattractive, although the alternative is ealing with people talking about how massive my boobs are like i had no idea, and asking to feel them. all in all, i'm embarrassed by the way i look and no longer like the appearances of my breasts. i am even slightly embarrassed around my long term boyfriend.

i've done tons of research about the different techniques and i am very interested in the SPAIR incision because of the improves breast shape and minimal scarring. i guess i'm making this post because i have had so many opinions thrown at me from family and friends saying DO IT NOW! or WAIT TILL YOU HAVE BABIES! and i just need some friendly unbiased advice as to wether this is a good idea for me or not.

i am currently trying to loose weight, partially because its healthier, and because my mother thinks that losing 15 pounds will magically shrink my boobs to a normal size, and im hoping to show her that i don't think this is simply a matter of weight loss.

Welcome. X we are all very different and that makes it hard to say it the right or wrong thing , but for me if I was the size I was just before my op at the age of 20 I would be very concerned that they would just get out of control after having kids . As it was I never breast feed my kids because my boobs where biger than the babys head , you will most likly find that after kids you will become larger but you have to be happy now toooo . I wish I had not waited till I was 37 to do it I really do . Good luck with everything xxx keeps us all posted
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After some more research, i think i would like the...

After some more research, i think i would like the vertical/lollipop reduction. i think i prefer the shape and perkiness of the reductions i've seen with this technique. has anyone had this kind of reduction? did you like your results? would you recommend it?

I thought i'd mention that i am living in...

i thought i'd mention that i am living in michigan, but i am originally from texas and would most likely want to get my reduction in one of those two places. has anyone had success with a doctor in either place? i would really appreciate any and all feedback. thanks!
I just wanted to say , I did regret it for about 2 weeks after my op . It's so hard to see yourself differently than you always have . It has taken weeks of my boobs healing and me looking at them a lot . I will say now at 10 weeks I'm loving it , I even put a shirt on without a bra . Whooooooo never thought that would happen . Good luck with everything xx
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yeah i figured with all the bruising and stitches and healing at first they would be terrifying but maybe i just wont look at them for a few weeks after haha
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Welcome Alessandra.

I think you need to do what you feel is best for you at this point right now. Yes your boobs will change with pregnancy, but that is going to happen whether or not you have the surgery. You may not be able to breast feed after the surgery, but there are many instances where women have been able to. I couldn't breastfeed any of my kids, even though I had these ginormous milk makers. I was a 34H prior to surgery at the age of 40. I am now a 34DD and do not regret the surgery at all...except that I wish I had done it when I was younger. If you feel you will feel better physically and mentally then I say go for it now...I don't think you will regret it.

Good Luck!

PS: I had the ancho technique and haven't had any problems with mine and the scars are so very minimal that they aren't even really an issue for me.
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Ok so i've been reading all of your updated...

ok so i've been reading all of your updated religiously and i've been so inspired by your stories and by the support i've gotten from some. So i am currently in the process of scheduling my first consultation! My first consultation will be with Dr. Hammond in Grand Rapids, MI. He does short scar (lollipop) reductions almost exclusively and i am very impressed with his results. If my consultation with him goes well, i am planning on scheduling another with Dr. Vagotis (also in GR). Dr. Vagotis is the plastic surgeon that did my mothers breast implants after she finished breast feeding, so i know she does a good job. I am nervous but also very excited. I loves reading your stories, but its exciting to know that ill be able to talk to someone about my SPECIFIC situation and what will work best for my own body. Wish me luck!

So i really haven't made much progress at all in...

so i really haven't made much progress at all in the last 2 months. I've been really overwhelmed with work and school and also semi-intimidated to try and start this process when i'm all alone and so far from family. I will get to see my parents over christmas break, and my plan is to schedule my first consultation when i get back to michigan in january. I don't have time to get the surgery before this summer, so im not in too much of a rush. Im also very happy to see more vertical reductions popping up on the site. that is the reduction i really want and so im relaxing more now that i can see other women going through it. Im scared but im ready i think. i just want to stop worrying about my boobs. Im also debating whether or not to post before pictures. it makes me a little nervous to put picture of my breasts online!
Hi i noticed you commented on my post & came upon you blog. I recommend dr Gary Horndeski in sugar land tx. I just had a slight reduction w a lift by him 3 weeks ago. If u mention Realself you can have a free Skype consult or free consult in person. Feel free to ask me anything you would like to know about the procedure I had or experience.
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Thought i'd update some before pictures even...

thought i'd update some before pictures even though ti scares the crap out of me to post myself naked online. Im headed to italy for christmas vacation and plan on discussing the surgery in depth with my parents then. hopefully i can get a consultation sometime in january and schedule my surgery for as soon as summer starts in may!
Just wanted to say hello.I think you will be fine with a lift now & kids later. Got to live for today & you're not pregnant now so go for it. I have my lift Dec. 27 th.
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living for today. thats the plan!
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hi. I am a college student as well and I feel your pain. I used to be a 38HH and I couldn't focus in class anymore because of back pain. I even did physical therapy to help with back and neck pain but it didn't help. I decided to get a breast reduction. I got mine done November 15th right before thanksgiving break. I went back to school monday after thanksgiving and I can tell you that it is possible to do it. you will have 3 to 4 days of pain but after a week you will feel better. You will still have some discomfort but that's normal. it's been 3 weeks since my surgery and my wounds are healing very fine, my doctor said that they look really good. Now I am 38D and the doctor said that when I won't be sore anymore, I may end up being a C cup. I just want to tell you that it is doable and don't be afraid. besides, after the surgery, you neck and back will feel much better, trust me
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So im finally scheduling my first consultation....

So im finally scheduling my first consultation. depending on the doctor's openings, i will have it in the next few weeks or so. I just wanted to ask you guys, What are some good questions to ask at a first consultation? i have a bunch of things i want to know but i want to see if you guys recommend asking something i may have forgotten. Thanks!
Hmm... it appears that my comment didn't show up, so I'll try this again! I'm having surgery with Dr. Hammond in March! I'm older than you (31) and I'm done having kids. My primary doctor had recommended that I wait until I was sure I was done having kids before having my reduction, mainly because they can get larger with pregnancy and the reduction can also affect the ability to breastfeed (which was important to me). I'm sure that they will cover all of that at your consultation, as I know they asked me if I was planning on having any more kids. At your appointment, they'll ask you a ton of questions. Then Dr. Hammond will examine you and take measurements, and then they take photos of your breasts from the front and side views (as your "before" pics). They'll go over how the procedure is done, as well as any risks associated with the surgery. He'll have a good estimate at your examination of how much should be removed, and he usually has a good idea if your insurance will cover it or not. In my case, I'm a very large reduction (I wear a 40 H/I) and I'm having 1200 (grams?) removed from 1 side and 900 from the other, since I'm also fairly asymmetrical. Then you should hear back within a week or two whether your insurance will cover it and how much your out of pocket will be. Dr. Hammond may take longer to schedule with because he travels a lot doing seminars and training (since, as I'm sure you know, he invented the SPAIR technique), but for me, that was totally worth it. I'm looking forward to my new boobs in less than 2 months! If I can answer any questions, let me know! I should be able to answer even more after my surgery :)
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I should also add- a friend of mine had a reduction done by Dr. Hammond 7 years ago, which is how I heard of him. She is still very happy with her results all these years later, which is why I'm so confident that he'll do a good job with mine! He said he's done probably 1000 reductions in his career.
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Finally schedule my first consultation with Dr....

Finally schedule my first consultation with Dr. Dennis Hammond on March 19th! I'm so excited, I feel like I'm finally on my way!
Good luck with your consultation this week! I had my surgery on Friday and I'm VERY pleased with the results! The whole experience was great. They have an OR in their office building. The morning of surgery, you have your own reserved parking spot by the door. I was the only patient that morning, so I had my own private team of nurses, my own anesthesiologist, and Dr. Hammond of course. There was no waiting around for anything the entire time. My surgery took about 3 1/2 hours, and Dr. Hammond removed 4lbs 12oz total, bringing me from an I cup to an estimated D cup. Recovery has been going well. I had an adverse reaction to the prescription meds they gave me (Norco), and was dizzy with a nasty migraine last night. I'm now taking Tylenol, which has been working fine. My pain level is pretty incredible right now for being 2 days post op and taking only over the counter pain meds. I was able to shower already last night. All I have is tape over my incisions and a surgical bra. No gauze, drains, binders, etc. And for the first time in my life, I think my boobs look great! :) Good luck on Tuesday, and I hope to hear an update on how it goes! I have my first post-op appointment on Wednesday :)
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Im so excited you commented! I am glad to hear that you were comfortable with Dr. Hammond and look forward to seeing your results! My consultation is March 19th and I cant wait to get this show on the road! I will most likely not be covered by insurance and will be paying for the procedure out of pocket due to the fact that my primary care doctors are all in Texas (where I'm from) and I am in Michigan practically year round due to school and work. I've mostly just been sucking up the discomfort since it started 3 years ago. Anywho, Ill be keeping an eye on your journey and definitely be coming back to you with questions!
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I haven't posted about my journey yet, or posted pics, but I plan on it. I didn't even have an account until I created one to respond to you. You may be surprised to find out that insurance actually covers a lot of reductions. For me, I have Priority Health, and they look at your body surface area and compare that with the estimated removal. They also look at symptoms that you have- neck pain, breast pain, rashes, indentations, headaches, etc. I was actually going to physical therapy a year ago for bad neck pains/headaches, and it never occurred to me (or apparently my doctors) that it could be caused by being so large chested. But I think you do need a doctor referral to get coverage. Have you thought about finding a local primary doc that could give you a referral? It may end up saving you thousands.
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Had my consultation with Dr. Hammond today! I...

Had my consultation with Dr. Hammond today! I absolutely loved everyone at his practice. They were all extremely welcoming and let me ask as many questions as I needed. I brought my boyfriend with me and they were super nice to him as well which was awesome. They really made him feel like part of the experience. I scheduled my surgery for June 10th at 7:30am!! Here's hoping all goes well! I CANT WAIT!!
I had my post-op appointment today with an PA at Dr. Hammond's office. They took my tape off and showed me how to put the scar cream and new tape on, which I have to change every 3-5 days. Otherwise, I don't go back until the end of April! Everything looks pretty good, although I got pretty light headed when she was showing me how to re-tape, since that's the first time I had seen my actual incisions and it was up close and personal. I'm going to try to add before/after photos to my review later tonight so that you can see some of Dr. Hammond's work!
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Actually, my before/afters might not be up today. My afters aren't showing on their website yet, so I'll post them as soon as they do :)
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That would be awesome! Thank you!
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Officially one month until surgery! I cant believe...

Officially one month until surgery! I cant believe how quickly its coming up. Right now I'm just focusing on trying to lose a few more pounds before surgery and getting as ready or recovery. What are something that you ladies would say are ESSENTIAL during recovery, especially during the first week?
You are i great shape. You are going to look amazing..better yet, your back problems will end..mine did the day of surgery..i am still teaching myself how to stand up straight after yrs of hunching..and dont you hate when people frickn touch your breasts..? Why do they think they can do that..it pisses me off...cant wait to see your results..best wishes
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I just had a breast reduction with Dr. Hammond on 5/13/13. I am very pleased.
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You are so slim! I am definitely looking forward to seeing your post-op pics, good luck
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3 weeks to go and more ready than ever!

So my surgery is exactly 3 weeks away. Im getting to the point where I am crazy excited but also getting nervous. I've been thinking about and planning for this for so long that its hard to imagine it happening so soon. Sometimes i wonder if I'm going to regret it when its all over. But then I have days like yesterday and I remember why I wanted this in the first place.

Yesterday my friends and I decided to drive to lake michigan to spend a day on the beach. I LOVE spending time on the water so I was really excited. Unfortunately the only bathing suit top I own that even remotely fits, is from back when I was a DD and ties like a halter across my neck. Not only did I spend the day checking and double checking that one of my girls wasn't about to fly out, but about 2 hours into the day, I started getting a MASSIVE headache from the strain on my neck. Silly me forgot to pack a bra to change into before we left, and the only shirt I had was a tank top with slits down the side, so taking off the bikini wasn't really an option. By the time I got home I was miserable. thankfully, the headache finally went away a little while after I changed, but today my neck is sore and bruised feeling. All in all, its was an awesome day at the beach, brought down by my crazy heavy boobs.

Now all I can think about is how fun it will be to finally go to the beach and not have to worry about neck pain or accidental nip slips! Let the count down officially begin!!
dr. hammond is amazing and he will make sure you look amazing too. he gave me reassurance right before my surgery. i cried tears of joy at my first post op appointment!
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Yayy!! im so excited i cant wait. feels like i've been waiting forever. I have full confidence in Dr Hammond and know he will take good care of me :)
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Good luck to you!
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5 days!!!

Ahh its coming up so soon!! im SO excited/nervous/ready to get it over with! fhsakl fjdsajfsv jds
Mine is June 11th!! I am also so excited I can hardly stand it! Was in Target today looking at the "normal" peoples bras and swimsuits. It was awesome!! Good Luck!!
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Yeah to the June 10th club! :-D I keep looking at clothes I'll soon be able to wear. One shoulder dressed, tank tops, halter style.. Yeah!
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I just want to be able to wear a strapless bra! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!
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TOMORROW IS THE DAY!

well tomorrow is the day! I have to be at the surgical center at 6:30am and surgery is scheduled for 7:30am. Im driving to Grand Rapids tonight and meeting my mom at a hotel and then we'll be heading to surgery together in the morning. Wish me luck!!
Good luck
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Good luck!
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Good luck...you will do great...
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Well this is it!

My next post will be coming to you from the other side! Im leaving for the surgery center in about 20 minutes. I couldn't be happier :)
Good Luck!!
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I'm looking forward to hearing how it went!
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Good luck! Sending good vibes your way.
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I made it!

Well its finally over and done with! I will try to as concise as possible while tell you all about my day so far.

I got to the surgery center right at 6:30am. My mother and I sat in the waiting room for about 15-20 minutes because the surgical nurse called me back to a small pre/post-op room. I changed out of my PJs that i wore and into a surgical gown and socks with grippies. the gown had vents so that they could insert heaters if necessary. The put my IV in and the anesthesiologist came n and talked to me about how it would go in the operating room and about my breathing tube. Then Dr. Hammond came in and marked me for surgery and before i knew it, it was time to head back to the operating room. This was around 8/8:30am. I said goodbye to my mom and went back with the nurse. I laid on the table and they put my legs into these pumps that help with circulation. The anesthesiologist put some medicine in my IV and then had me breathe in some oxygen and after that I cant remember anything.

Next thing I knew I was waking up around 12:30pm in the same room i had been in earlier but on a gurney instead of a chair. I was completely out of it and it took my a while to figure out what was going on. I went in and out of sleep for a while until my mom was finally allowed back to see me. After i woke up a little bit, I realized I was under a heated blanket. My gown was line in plastic do i was DYING of heat and as a result was feeling very uneasy and nauseous. The nurse brought me a cotton gown to switch into and removed the heated blanked which helped a lot and eventually my nausea subsided. I got a couple little sneak peaks of the new ladies just in the bra and let me tell you THEY LOOK AWESOME!! the nurse is assuring me that i will most likely end up being a C cup which i couldn't be happier about and my surgeon aid that everything went perfect in surgery. I am over the moon :) I had some ice chips, water, and diet coke while the nurse went over the post-op care instructions with my mom. After that i changed back into my PJs and headed back to the hotel.

I ate a litte bit of soup and crackers so that i could take a pain pill and now i am just lounging in bed trying to take it easy. I am surprised by how awake and alert i feel but i know i will probably nod off before too long. Overall, thing have been surprisingly easy. I plan on just relaxing in bed and watching netflix for the rest of the day. I have a post-op appointment tomorrow at 2:15pm and after that will be heading north for a little recovery time near traverse city bay. All in all, everything is looking up! I am overjoyed and cant wait to see how things pan out over the next few days/weeks.

Thank you so much to EVERYONE who has been supportive of me through this whole experience. You ladies had been lifesavers and i don't know what i would have done without y'all!! xx
also, where did you have your surgery? mine was at grand valley surgical center
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i am one month post op today! weird to think i was in your same situation one month ago with dr. hammond. aren't you amazed at how good you are feeling? i couldnt believe how good i felt immediately after the surgery.
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So happy for you!!!!!!!
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one more thing...

found out that they removed 578 grams from the right and 611 grams from the left. That's about 2.75 lbs! I've swollen up like cray since getting home and I am very sore so I've loaded up on some painkillers and I'm heading to bed. Hopefully i can sleep alright tonight!
Wow look at your nice flat stomach! Congrats they must feel AWESOME
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So glad you're doing well. It is such an exciting and scary journey. I can relate to feeling awake and alert when I got home immediately after surgery. I had to force myself to go relax and stop moving. Can't wait to see your pictures!
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Congratulations! You are going to be so happy! I am only 12 days out and I already feel the positive difference. Happy, happy healing!
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Day 1 Post-Op

well today was my first full day post-op and everything went pretty well. I slept very well last night which i think is partially due to my meds and partially to my pillow fortress i had surrounding me. I woke up around 6am and ate some breakfast. I was able to take a shower today and let me tell you, it was so nice to wash all the sticky surgical soap off of my back and neck. I feel so much better now that i am clean. I went to the mall with my mom to pick up some stuff from Sephora and it was nice to get up and moving a bit. The whole trip was maybe about 15 minutes so nothing outrageous.

Then i headed to a follow up appointment with my surgeon. He checked my breasts and made sure i was feeling alright. He said that he thinks my results couldn't be any better, any more symmetrical, or any more fabulous. Im definitely happy that he is happy! I have my one week post op scheduled for next wednesday, the 19th. At that appointment i will have my dressings removed and be started on the scar treatment they provide.

I left the appointment and headed north to spend the next week in a rental home in elk rapids with my parents. The home is beautiful and is right on traverse bay so i couldn't ask for a better recovery spot. I am feeling really good, despite a constant dull soreness under my arms. However, when i was getting ready for bed i was readjusting some gauze pads that i had place under my surgical bra, and my right breast leaked a little bit of reddish clear liquid down my stomach. It wasn't much but was a bit startling. I replaced the gauze with fresh pads and rehooked my bra back on. I will check in a few hours to see if the drainage has stopped. Im a little concerned but overall think that it is just a bit of minor drainage which is to be expected i think. I think it might just be a result of me trying to do too much too soon. Tomorrow i will spend more time laying in bed and less time moving around the house.

Thanks for everyone's kind wishes! I will be adding more pictures within the next few days so that i can keep you guys updated! I am also already noticing some bloat from lack of digestive movement so hopefully i can get think moving along again soon!
It must be a great feeling to know that your surgeon is happy. I mean, we all know that it's most important that we like the results, but sometimes it is nice for someone else to appreciate too! :)
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it really is a great feeling. I knew i love the new boobs but knowing he loves them too and thinks that they will turn out amazing is an awesome feeling!
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A little drainage is normal you just don't want to open up your incisions. Sounds like the perfect trip to nothing but breathe fresh air and heal.
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POD 2

im about halfway through my second day of recovery and it is both good and bad. I am definitely in less pain than i have been and have been able to cut back a bit on the pain pills. However, i am absolutely exhausted. If i sit still for too long my eye get droopy and its not too long before i drift off to sleep. I think the past two days of feeling great and being more awake have come around to bite me in the butt haha. Im mostly just sleeping, reading, and watching TV. I wanted to give you guys a picture of what the girls looked like this morning when i woke up. They are pretty swollen on top but i think they are beautiful and know they will only get better with time. I also wanted to add a picture of the beautiful view from the porch of the home i am staying at. i will probably post another update in a day or two. thank you all so much for your support. it is really helping me to know that you ladies care about how i'm doing. xx
I only had drains for a day, and then some slight drainage into the surgical pads..was no biggie.. You look great..the swelling will decrease in time..glad you got something pretty to look at as you recover..best wishes everyday for you
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thank you so much for your thoughts. I really love the supportiveness of this community!
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Did the Dr not put drainage tubes in you? I had mine on for a week. That really kept my swelling down. I'm 5 weeks PO now. Good luck with recovery :)
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POD 3

Today is going pretty well. I had a bit of a scare last night with some red patches I noticed around both aureolas and extending back towards my sides on my breasts. I called the after hours number for my PS and described it to them and they said that i most likely over did myself by going on a walk yesterday. Got my heart rate up a little too high and the redness was a result. This morning they look MUCH better. I am noticing some bruising starting to show on my left breast but it doesn't hurt. Both girls are feeling pretty darn good today and I was able to take another shower which was slow but felt great. I am loving everything about having smaller breasts. I even fit into a little off the rack sports bra that my mom lent me while im washing my surgical bra and i am AMAZED that it fits! It has tiny little thin straps and my girl are perfectly happy in it! Just hoping I can continue getting better day by day!

p.s. for those who cant tell, the incisions i have go around the nipple, down the breast, and then turn out towards the sides. This way I don't have any incisions in the cleavage area, but i also avoided excessive puckering and a scar that extended past the fold of my breast.
Looking great so far! I assume your doctor wasn't able to perform a lollipop procedure? Either way, they still look really good. It will be an easy recovery with that kind of a view.
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His is sort of a modified lollipop. i knew that the scars would turn outward at the fold. The turn allows for less puckering than the lollipop procedure and also keeps the scar from extending past the breast fold. I am very happy :)
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Hi Alessandra, I wanted to just say good for you! I've had huge boobs all my life (mid forties now) and I wished I'd had mine reduced at the age you did, but didn't because of all the reasons you had thrown at you, so I suffered instead and now I have an illness which means I can't have surgery. Why should you go through your twenties worrying about what to wear? You have a great body and now great boobs too! Believe me they would have only got worse with age. I'm so happy for you (and a bit jealous about your holiday home location :) )
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POD 5

Things are still going really well! Im pretty much pain free at this point and starting to get a little itchy. Im antsy to get my bandages changed but ill have to wait for my drs appointment on wednesday. I've been a lot less tired and getting used to the new girls. Life is good :)
You look great!!!
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thank you so much! I am happier and happier with every day that goes by since my surgery. So far, I have zero regrets!
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I also live in East Lansing & have been checking into a breast reduction. Apparently, Grand Rapids is THE place to go! I have a consultation with a dr. From the same office & am so excited! I would love to ask more questions when you are fully healed & used to the "new girs". I am envious about wearing a sports bra with skinny straps as I am currently wearing an expensive sports bra contraption that takes longer to get on and off than my actual run! Something to look forward to! Happy healing!
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POD 9

So its been a couple of days since I updated. I had my one week post op today and finally got to see my incisions and what my nipples look like. The nurse practically ripped the steri strips off and it definitely was not comfortable. But I am so pleased! Everything seems to be healing really really well and I am loving the way my breasts are looking. My PS said they are still pretty swollen so I will likely end up smaller than I am now. He also took some pictures which I will add as soon as he sends them to me. For now, you'll just have to do with my crappy IPhone pictures haha. I am going to be focusing all my energy on continued healing until my next post up which is in 5 weeks. Yay!
They did a great job. The curls are so perky. They look amazing. They will settle a little but the look good. Congrats.
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i am so happy with them :) thank you!
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raw skin

So this morning i woke up and there is an area of skin below my left breast, about a half inch below my incision that is SOO raw. I think it is from the nurse pulling the tape off at my post-op yesterday. My incisions themselves don't hurt at all and aren't red but this spot is rubbing against all my bras and i think may even be oozing a little. Anyone have suggestions about what to put on the spot? I was thinking neosporin but i'm a little nervous to put things near my incisions. any suggestions? thanks!
I had a tape reaction on day two..it was horrible. It spread really quickly and was itchy and blistery as well..i tried everything from neosporin, bacitracin to cortisone creams..i finally started leaving it open to air out..and mine was on the top of my right side..not by my down incision..but by aerola..i started to use gold bond medicated powder..and it started to clear up. Took awhile but it lost its angry look fairly quickly. I wouldnt put a bandaid either..the adhesive made it just as bad..good luck
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Its been a few days and im almost positive that the raw area was from skin getting ripped off while getting my bandages removed. The area has scabbed over a little bit and feels much much better so im not too worried about it! thanks for the tips!
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I had the same thing happen to me at my post op when they removed the strips my PS said it is a reaction to the adhesive they out on to keep the strips in place. She said the use an anti biotic ointment on those areas only. You look amazing. I hope you are pleased. Rest and recover!
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First Tape Change

At my 1 week postop appointment my doctor gave me scar cream that i am to put on my incisions and then tape over. I am supposed to change my tape and reapply the cream every 4 days. So today was the first time I had to change my tape on my own. It was alright, not too painful. I noticed something odd though. My skin is very peely, like how skin peels after a bad sunburn. Im not sure if that is normal or not but it was flaking off so i took off as much as i could. I also noticed a few possible problem spots on my left breast. Nothing major right now but i will definitely be keeping an eye on them over the next week or so.

I also have a lot of numbness on the outer side of my left breast and underside of my right. Both nipples have feeling though so im happy about that. Everything else is still going really well. Im hoping that within the next week or so things go back to feeling almost at 100%. I am one day away from 2 weeks post op. Cant believe how quickly the time flys!
Hi! I have the raw skin too under my breast. Uncomfortable but normal. I posted a pic. It's taken a couple weeks and it's still healing. I'm glad everything went so well overall! :)
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thank you! im not too worried. I think everything will be fine but its nice to know im not the only one experiencing this!
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Just a different situation opinion i was told not to put anything on my incisions after having my bandages taken off after 7days and i havent put anything on or even washed with anything other than water and a little shea butter body wash near the top of the breast and mine still look a little like they are going to peel at the sensitive area beneath the anchor incision. So dont fret that its a reaction unless it does get more than alittle peely or gets red or spotty etc. :)
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2 weeks post-op pics!

just wanted to throw up some pics two weeks post op!
Looking good, you sound very happy :-)
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thank you! i am :)
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Wow you are looking great! So glad things are going well!
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second round with the tape

so i changed my paper tape for the second time today (i'm supposed to do it every four days). I pulled the tape off as slowly and carefully as i could but it still ended up taking off a decent amount of skin leaving me with some raw, oozing spots on my breasts (not on the incisions). I called my doctor because i didn't think i should be taping over the raw areas, and they told me i can wait a few days before taping again. i'm actually kind of excited! the tape has been a pic of a pain so it'll be nice to not have to worry about it. The nurse said next time i take it off i should try doing it in the shower. Heres hoping that works better!

Three Weeks Post-Op

Well i am three weeks post-op tomorrow and things are still going really well. I haven't been taping my breasts for a few days now but will most likely start again tomorrow. I had a stitch pop through my left areola incision about two days ago but i just trimmed it and will call my PS tomorrow to make sure there is nothing else i should do. It doesn't hurt so i am not worried. I am still very pleased with my results and cant wait to show them off in a bikini on 4th of July!!
Your breast look good, I am happy you healing well
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thank you so much! im so happy with how everything turned out :)
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My surgery is tomorrow, and looking at your pictures just reminded me why i am doing this. YOU LOOK AWESOME!
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1 Month Post-Op!

Holy crap! I cant believe its been a month already!! not too much exciting has happened since my week three update. I had an AMAZING 4th of July in northern michigan and got to show off my new girls in some new bikinis :) I still get random itch attacks and i am occasionally sore but i'm getting to the point where i forget that i used to have big boobs and honestly its getting hard for me to remember what it was like to lug them around! popped into Victoria's secret a few days ago and easily fit into a 36D. I may be able to fit into a C in a few more weeks or possibly from another store but i'm not counting on it. I fall more in love with my boobs every day. i never thought i could be this happy! I will post some updated pictures in the morning when i change my tape. I will probably start extending my updates. i'll probably wait until 6 weeks/2months to update again unless anything major append. this is definitely the best thing that i've ever done for myself and i don't regret it for a second!

One month pictures

They are so perky!!!!! Oh my gosh, who would have thought a D cup would still be so nice and up-lifted!!! :)
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I know! i am so happy with them. they get better every day!
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That pic of you peering out from above your boobie cracked me up! After a month, have you noticed them start to drop any? That one pic makes them look like they are still very "up and out" like mine are, and it's such a weird feeling!
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6 Weeks

Hello ladies! though I'd do a quick update. Im just over 6 weeks post op and everything is going amazingly! Im still healing really well. Pretty much back at 100% which is awesome. My scars have definitely pinked up in the past few weeks but I was expecting that so Im not too worried. Ive also had a few teeny tiny spot upen up around my nipple incisions. two of them had stiches poking out which I took out myself (which my PS said was fine) and the other few are like tiny little red spots. Ive had zero pain though. I just put neosporin on them before I go to sleep everynight. seems to be doing the trick!

I had my six week post-op appointment on tuesday (the pictures are from that appt) and my PS said that everything looked great. He approved to go back to everything I did before surgery which includes excercise!! Part of the reason I wanted this surgery was so that I could run without pain. I went for my first run yesterday evening and another earlier this afternoon and it feels awesome!! I honestly didnt even think about my boobs the whole time I was doign it which was so strage to me seeing as excercise had always been structured around what i could do without my boobs killing me. I am so happy right now. I feel like I am finally back to my self, just new and improved! I cant wait to continue to find all the new things I can do with my perfect new girls! :)
You appear to be healing rather well. I am very light skinned (red headed freckle face) and one of the major concerns I have is the scarring being bright purple or looking like Frankenstein's monster. You seem really happy with your results. Thanks for sharing your story
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My scars pinked up a lot around week 3 but i have no doubt that they will fade in time. Even if they don't, they are very thin and delicate and don't bother me at all.
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I'm happy for you! It sounds like you're quite pleased, good for you. Big breast that don't go down in size much with weight loss go crazy later, especially after babies! Enjoy your youth, Enjoy your body, glad it's all gone so well!
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2 months

So i finally hit 2 months post op on monday! things are still going really well. My scars have already started to fade a little after pinking up around week 3/4. I have ZERO pain left and can comfortably sleep on my stomach/go running/have sex/etc. My breast have dropped quite a bit since surgery but i would still consider them extremely perky! they were a little ridiculous immediately after. I really cant even remember having big boobs at all. Now that my breasts have softened and i have gained almost all feeling back, they are finally feeling like my boobs instead of some random small bumps on my chest.

My only issue at this point is that i am now TERRIFIED of them growing again. they never fluctuated with weight gain before surgery so i know that realistically they wouldn't now either, but i am still paranoid. that would probably be my worst nightmare haha. Besides that, everything is fabulous and i am loving life right now! i will take some updated pictures before my shower in the morning. I cant thank you all enough for the love and support i received through this entire process. There is no way i would have had the courage to do this without y'all! much love xoxo
I am 2 mo post now too and I am loving it. My scars are still dark due to hyper pigmentation but are lightening. Your results are beautiful. Congrats!
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2 months pics + small complication

so as you can tell from my post yesterday everything was going lovely with my breast lately until today. The first pictures are from this morning right before i got in the shower.

I decided to wear a strapless maxi dress today without a bra and thought it would be a good idea to use paper tape to cover my nipples since i don't own pasties. Well by the end of the day, my skin had reacted on both breasts causing blisters to form all around the edges of the tape including two MASSIVE ones on the underside of each breast. needless to say i am annoyed and wont be using paper tape every again >:( i guess it just goes to show that even when you think you're done healing, you're not (at least for a few months)
You look AMAZING!!! :)
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L scar I meant :)
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Thanks very much for your informative review. I will be having same L shape vertical reduction. A week and a half away- cannot wait :) You must be so happy- you look great!
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6 months post-op!! new pictures

Hello everyone! i have been MIA for a very long time. Right around the two month mark everything pretty much healed up and my new boobs became less and less noticeable, which was exactly what i was hoping this surgery would do for me seeing as before surgery i was constantly thinking about/fidgeting with my boobs. So six months post op things are going awesomely. My new boobs have finally settled into what i think is a very natural looking position which i like (although i do occasionally miss the extremely perky look i had immediately post op).

The scars around my nipples are very thin and have already faded away nearly completely. The scars down the front and to the side of my breasts look more like a pinkish faded area than an definitive scar but those are fading as well. I think that my left may have ended up a little large than my right but its hardly noticable if true at all.

I bought some underwire bras about 6 weeks post op that, after my new girls finished setting into their final position, no longer fit comfortably. So for the past 6 months i was living in sports bras, which was comfortable, yet not always practical. I finally went out yesterday and bought a bunch of new bras. I finally determined that i am a 38 C! before surgery i was a 36 G so its a big difference. I can also fit into 36 D but i like the wider yet more shallow cup on the 38 C better being that my breast still have a wide base .

Overall this surgery was one of the best things ive ever done for myself and i couldnt be happier. I feel better about my body than i have in a very long time and in turn i am i more outgoing happy person. The longer i live with my new breasts more obvious it is that i made the right decision, and i hope my story helps other young girls considering this surgery make the right decision. I cant wait to see what happens in the next 6 months! Let me know if i can help any of you in any way!

a few more picture at 6 months PO

Hey you look brilliant, the healing seems to have gone so well, I bet you're so happy! Thanks so much for your review really made a difference to me to read it :)
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i am beyond pleased :) its the best thing i've ever done for myself. Im glad my review helped you!
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You look amazing :)! Can hardly see your scars at all!! I was told that since I have fair skin that they scars will fade fast. You have the same skin tone as me almost ,so it makes me feel better seeing how great yours look :)
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7-month follow up appt

Hello everyone!
las week i went and had my 7 month follow up appt with Dr. Hammond. He said that everything looks amazing and he was so pleased with my results that he asked if he could use my pictures when he does his lectures and teaching seminars AND he wants to put them in the textbook hes currently writing! i was so flattered! i knew that i loved my new boobs but knowing that he thinks they are great as well makes me really happy :) i no longer have to go to any appts and i don't need to contact Dr. Hammond unless I am having issues. I think I can say that i am officially healed!!! for everyone still considering the surgery, i'd say go for it because 7 months down the road you are going to feel amazing!
I'm happy your BR went so well. Mine is scheduled in a month.
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good luck! you are going to be so so happy!
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Wow, you look so great! Good or you! I can't wait until I feel as awesome as you :)) Thank you so much for the updates and for letting us know how truly wonderful it is down the road!
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