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.
7 months Post-Op *UPDATE* - East Lansing, MI
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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!!
TOMORROW IS THE DAY!
Well this is it!
I made it!
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
one more thing...
Day 1 Post-Op
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!
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.
First Tape Change
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!
second round with the tape
Three Weeks Post-Op
1 Month Post-Op!
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! :)
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
2 months pics + small complication
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)
6 months post-op!! new pictures
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!
7-month follow up appt
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!
Excellent all around. He will very well known in the Plastic Surgery field and he took WONDERFUL care of me. I couldn't be happier and his staff is extremely attentive. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needed a good doctor!