Well I'm at the beginning of this whole process. I...

Well I'm at the beginning of this whole process. I have emailed a plastic surgeon and am waiting to hear back about a consultation appointment.

A little about me:
I'm 30 years old. I've had issues with large breasts since 11th grade. When I graduated I was a 36C. Now I wear a 38DD but I know I'm larger than that bc I'm always adjusting. I've always had self confidence issues with my chest. I always keep my arms crossed to cover them. I have to wear a bra, and sports bra everyday. I can never go with out a bra, even while sleeping because of the discomfort. Working out is an issue as running and jumping hurts. I'm a cosmetologist, and having large breasts is making my job really take a toll on my body. I have constant pain and tightness in my back, neck and shoulders. It's there when I wake up until I go to sleep.

I just can't deal with the discomfort any longer. I excited to set up a consultation and submit a letter to my insurance(blue cross blue shield) to see if I will be approved. I'm hoping the approval will not be a long process. I'm a little worried bc I don't have documentation of pain from a family doctor, but that is bc I did not have one until a month ago.

I would love to be a C-cup. I play to go look at bras in the next day or so to figure out my true size.

I will update through out my entire experience.

Consultation is scheduled for May 20th @ 9:45 am.

Consultation is scheduled for May 20th @ 9:45 am.
Cm8308. Even though you don't have a paper trail of pain for ur ins you can right them a letter. Explain all the pain you have how it feels, how much meds even Advil you take. If u have ever seen a chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, or any dr. Call and ask all of them to write a letter on ur behalf. It a standard letter for them and it will help. I'm a cosmetologist also. You don't want to live with this pain. Read my story. I truly wish I'd done this 20 yrs ago. I will pray that they accept u but if not keep trying. It only take 90days of a paper trail to get approved I heard. Good luck!
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Thank you so much. Seems like everyone I have seen get approved have letters from several doctors. So that makes me feel better.
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Thanks so much. I can not wait.
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Getting the process started

Finally after waiting over a month and a half my consultation with PS is in the morning. Prayers please that I can get insurance approval!

Finally consultation was today!

My consultation was this morning. Couldn't have gone any better. Doctor and staff were great and it was not awkward at all. He said he would take out the 500cc which is what insurance requires and that would get me down to a C-cup. That sounds like heaven!!! He said I was a great candidate and should know about approval in a week to 3 weeks. If I get approved I'm looking at paying anywhere from 500-2000 dollars. The cost without approval is 8,000. So approval from insurance is very important. Please say prayers for me.

Waiting to hear from insurance

Fingers crossed Cm8308. Don't get discouraged . We're all here for you :-)
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Thank you so much.
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Hope the insurance calls you quick I know how it feels, we on the same page.
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Insurance

How long did it take before you received a letter from insurance after your consultation?
aaaaaw, im sorry you are experiencing all of the pain and discomfort..read tons of reviews (especially here) and look at tons of b4 and after photos BEFORE you select a surgeon..that's very important!!!!!!!!!! i wish you all the best and i look forward to the day when you can be comfortable with your chest...it is worth it and i pray that God guides you through this entire process. God bless you
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I have BCBS and I waited 2-3 weeks. I only had the pics from my plastic surgeon and his recommendation. I am a 38DD-DDD.
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Awesome!! That gives me tons of encouragement.
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Mind tricks

So it has been a week since my consult and I swear now that I'm trying to get this process rolling I feel like my back is about to break in half. Is killing me! Also went to target today to pick up some things. Stopped by the BRA section. I held up a 38C to a 38DD and I almost started salivating. It looked sooooo tiny and AMAZING!
Good luck getting approval!! My surgery was approved after two weeks - but I'm in Canada, so I would imagine the procedures for that are completely different.
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Thank you. Haven't heard yet. Waiting....
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I got approval after 2 weeks(I called) and my letter came in the mail a few days later. Hopefully you will hear back soon. Good luck!
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Got the call

I just got the call from from plastic surgeon. I'm approved and feel like I could fly! When I calm down I will call back an set up a date.
Yayyyyy!!!!!! I'm so excited for you! Hopefully you get the surgery done soon so we can be healing buddies! :) Congrats!
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That's awesome Cm:-) :-) :-) I too know how that feeling . It seemed like it took forever .And mow I'm almost 7,weeks postop:-) . Best of luck girl.
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I'm sooo excited. Was going to try to set a date for July but looks like I might need to do August bc of family vacation. I'm ok with that. It will give me more time to enjoy the pool and beach and I know this surgery will be here before I know it.
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Question?

I notice in my paper work they gave me about the surgery that you need to discontinue birth control. I will ask me Doctor but does anyone know about the mirena IUD? Do you have to have it taken out? Hope not bc I paid about 1,000 dollars for it and have only had it a year and a half. Anyone with mirena have a breast reduction?
I can't imagine why there would be a problem with an IUD and the surgery but probably best to call your PS's office and just let them know about it :)
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I've heard someone else say that they has to stop using their birth control in order to have the surgery but my PS didn't say anything of the sort and actually told me that I could continue using my Nuvaring.
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My paper work said birth control pill, vitamins and certain pain meds. He never mentioned IUD. Seems like that would be something they would bring up if there was a problem with it.
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Surgery date!

Just called PS Office to set up my surgery date. She said the soonest they could do would be June 18 Which sounds amazing but unfortunately that does not work with my schedule. The month of June and July are both just really busy months for me as far as work goes. So I asked for Early August. She is going to start checking on the dates and she will get back with me. Crazy to think that if it worked out I could have the surgery done in two weeks. It makes me sad but I try to look at it as me getting to enjoy my summer little more I guess. I'm just so ready to do this.
My PS didn't mention birth control at all. Does anyone know good post surgery bra? I have mine done next week. Also my ps wants me to drink protein shakes afterwards and before, has anyone else done this
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date

Pre-op Is July 25Th And Surgery Is Set For August 2Nd. Can'T Wait!!

BCBS

So I just received my letter from insurance. It says authorized until June 17th. My surgery is scheduled for Aug2nd. I hope this doesn't become a problem. I emailed the surgeon's office about it bc they are closed? Anyone been in this situation before?
Yes, mine is authorized until August 31. I was told I had until that date to have the surgery of I would have to get recertified. Hope it's not the same for you.
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It's weird bc they would not have been able to get me in until after that date. I'm sure it will all work out, I just want everything to go smoothly with no glitches. I just got authorized last Friday.
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Oh maybe it's a mistake. I was approved in March so my authorization was good for over 5 months.
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Insurance

I called about the pre authorized letter. She said that Always happens because when they send in the information they have to estimate a surgery date. She said when I come in for my preop appointment they will resubmit For the date of surgery. She said it is no big deal it will all work out so I'm going to trust that and relax

Good to go

Insurance has been contacted and date has been changed. Nothing to do now except enjoy my summer until 10:30 am August 2nd. I'm sooo excited its all I can think about. I'm sure you get that from all the postings!!
Wow congrats. The closer it gets the more excited u will be. Mine is 33 days away. I wish it was next week . Im so ready.
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I'm just ready to have smaller breast
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I'm just ready to have smaller breast
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Waiting for surgery. Less than 2 months!

Less than two months to go! Woohoo!
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Yes! :)
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Ughhh.....I've been thru all u have and my surgury is in 7 hours. I can't sleep and so nervous and scared
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Surgery date

Surgery date has been changed to Aug 6th. Kind of a bummer but doctor has a meeting on my original date and can't do it. Also it is scheduled for 1PM???? That is a long time to go without eating or drinking.

1 month to go

I hope this month goes quicker than last month. I'm ready to do this and start healing.
Believe me its goes by fast. My surgery is tomorrow im so excited I havent been sleeping good all weekend im so ready.
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Awesome!!! Best wishes for you. Last month took forever but I think this month will be a fast one.
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Best of luck to you!!!!! Waiting is sooooooo hard!!!!!!!!
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Pre op

Pre op is this Thursday!! 16 days till surgery. At this moment I'm not nervous but I think I will be. I've heard great things about my surgeon so I feel confident.
Best of luck! Keep us posted :)
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Thank you
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Confidence is everything, good for you. My surgery is tomorrow morning, 2 ladies in the forum reminded me all that was important when i started panicking ..why I'm doing this... not like i thought this up overnight I've planned - suffered, I am more than my boobs so whatever size/shape I'm still beautiful & me. My biggest tip get your supplies, house in order starting now. . I'm still not finished lol. Feelings are normal....but reason is what will make the end result with it. Relax & best wishes on waiting.
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Pre-op 11 days until surgery

Pre-op was today. Went well. Here is a list of prescriptions:
Celebrex(anti-inflammatory medicine)
Cephalexin (antibiotic)
Enoxaparin (an injection to prevent blood clots)
Nucynta (pain med)
Scopolamine hydro bromide patch (nausea)
Phenergan (rectal suppositories for nausea) doesn't sound like a good time!!

I will be having another preop at the hospital to have vitals checked. That should be sometime next week.

I will have drains that will be removed the following day. After they take the drains out they will give me a post op bra to wear. The only part that will be taped is my nipples. Anchor scar will be left exposed.

I'm so ready!

Time

My surgery time was changed from 1 to 9am so I'm very happy about that!
What size will you be after the reduction?
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Surgeon and I agreed on a Ccup
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8 more nights

8 more nights until surgery. Dropped my prescriptions off today. They will be ready tomorrow. I have been doing the DASH diet for a week now. Just changing my lifestyle to be healthier. (Lost 7 pounds in one week) Can not wait to exercise once I'm healed. Still not nervous as of yet. Feel really ready. I had a day or two of second guessing which I think is normal bc it's an elective surgery. It's weird to go in and be put to sleep. How was it for everyone?? Piece if cake?? I'm so ready for this.
Going under is a piece of cake :) Waking up is unusual, like pushing your way through a snow storm to get to the light and the voices! I am very sensitive to sedatives, so i just wanted to keep sleeping but they, of course, wanted to hear me tell them my pain levels etc. Not having nerves is so unusual, isn't it! I was the same, and sitting in the hospital before hand chatting away to everyone. Good luck!!
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The whole going to sleep part is just wild, but you have made me feel more at ease. Thank you. Did they use a catheter? That's another thing I don't want.
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I had the same concerns on removing my panties during my cycle no less & the catheter, but knowing how long is be in surgery it was better than me making a mess. I will say if they put it in/out I never knew it & I want soon as i woke and no issues. If that helps, they have their reasons & via to do no harm. ..you will be ok.
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3 more nights

Well, it's almost time. I've been so busy with work I haven't had to to be nervous. I have tomorrow off so I'll spend it with church, family and a little swimming. Mondays are my day off but I'm going to go ahead and work. Should have my pre-op with hospital on Monday. I still have not heard from them which is frustrating. I called my surgeons office and they said the hospital will call Sunday to set the appointment up.
I picked up my prescriptions yesterday.
Nothing really new to tell. I can not believe this is going to happen.
Going under was awesome and coming out I started to laugh !!! They wanted me to chat a bit but I just shook my head n closed my eyes over n over ....I didn't have drains and no cathador...I had panties on during operation as well... Day 3 post op for me and can't wait to get the bandages off tomorrow
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Awesome!!! I do know I will have drains for sure. I'm ok with that. Just would prefer no catheter. I can't wait!!
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Tomorrow is the day!!!

Today is my last day to have a large chest. I'm going to go to work for a few hours, then love on my baby yo (19) months before he goes to my in-laws for a few days. After that a little grocery shopping, 3 mile walk, bathe with antibacterial soap then bed. So far my nerves have been great. I did speak with my sis earlier and she is really nervous so that kind of got me going a little. I'm better now. Really the only thing I'm nervous about is being put to sleep. It REALLY freaks me out. So I will be happy to get it over with so I can report back to anyone who is afraid and ease their mind! Prayers for me please everyone!!! :)
Good Luck!
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Praying for you... Going to sleep was my fav part ... I enjoy a good sleep.. Waking up wasn't that bad either as your kinda high !!! Think of how awesome it is with little boobs and no hangy ones !!!! 4 days post op here n doing great !!!!
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Haha, that's awesome!! I guess in a way I kind of feel like an animal getting put down. I don't like not having control of my body, but I'm sure it's probably no big deal. Thanks for your encouraging words. This time tomorrow I will probably be on my way headed home. :)
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Before

I alive

Surgery was at 9. Took 2 1/2 hours. When I woke I was in a good amount of pain. Nurse corrected it immediately. I have been sleeping on and off today. I will give an overview of my surgery tomorrow . Right now have very blurred vision. I hope this makes sense. I'm pretty out of it at the moment.
Congratulations on making it to the other side. Just rest and take it easy. You will love the new you. Wishing you a as pain-free as possible recovery.
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Just relax & let the process of healing take precedence. I am 16 days out, the pain however should subside, but sleep is your ultimate friend, though some walking & arm movements to losen your muscles are good - just listen don't overdue it. I'm glad you are on the other side. May each day get you closer to feeling normal. I can say the glow of confidence & comfort on my face has been the biggest compliment I've received. I wish you the same, any questions - we're here for you!
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done!!

Ok, going to try to update. My vision is blurred looking at small print.
So yesterday I woke at 5:45 and showered with dial antibacterial soap husband an I drove to the hospital. Checked, gave urine sample and was put in a private roo. Nurse came and asked a lot of questions(family related) she left and didn't come back for another. When she came back to put the I'VE in my doctor walked in and did his drawings. Before he came in I was feeling super anxious, mainly about the getting put to sleep. He assured me I would like it and it would be a smooth transition. After that I was calm. Then anesthesiologist came in and answered any questions. After that they took me to OR and put a happy drug in my I'VE. I don't really remember it relaxing me, but I guess it did. She put an oxygen mask on me and said she was putting in my med. to make me go to sleep and I was out.surgery was at 9 and I came to at 12:15. Surgery was 2 1/2 hours.i woke up in a good bit of pain then she put something in my I'VE for that. She gave some ice chips which was great bc of my sore throat from the breathing tube.at about 1:15 then put me in another room and allowed my husband to come in. Pain was starting to come back so they gave me a loratab. That helped. Then she gave in structions about post op care and after that I was allowed to go home.

I slept on and off all day from yesterday I make sure I take my pain meds so it doesn't get away from me. A lot of people on here talk about how minimal the pain is. Welllll, not for me and I have a very high pain tolerance, but with that being said its not unbearable.
Right now I'm wrapped up with gauze and NO bra. Haven't gone without a bra since um NEVER!
I go today at 3 am for him to remove the gauze. To be honest I really don't want to look at them there . I would rather look when I get home. They look pretty flat right now but I am taped up tight. It's truly a crazy experience. I do have to say my shoulders and back already feel great.
Congratulations on making it to the other side. Not having to wear a bra is a wonderful thing. I am now almost three weeks post op and I only wear a bra because I have to not because I need to. I was afraid to look at my breasts at first because I didn't want to be freaked about the scars but I was so happy that they were smaller the scars didn't bother me.
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Are you happy? I am feeling so happy !!! Happy for everyone I read their story and for my self not having big hangy boobs any more !!! To bad you had pian I didn't. Make sure to keep ahead of your meds so it won't bother you !!! I also didn't want to look at mine when I took off the gauze. I was skeered I would be disgusted with the scar or stiches or bruises. I was ok with it though in the end !!!! We are pretty brave to go threw these types of things to help our health n well being along dont ya think !! :)
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I am so excited for you. I had my reduction on the 8th of July and was the best decision I have ever made. My life is so much better and I dont regret one minute. Best of luck with your surgery.
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New look

Went to the dr today to remove gauze. Came home and took shower. My back/pain has already improved. I do have what you call dog ears. They said a lot of it is just swelling and should go down. They also told me in a few months if I don't like it he will do lipo in the area. All in all I'm happy to have this weight off my shoulders!
You look nice!
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Love your new look !!! You are looking awesome !!!!!
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Congratulations with the result. They look really nice. Did they tell you why you had a blur view?
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Day 2

I feel so much better today. Just a little sore. I just took my second shower. This time I did it by myself. Just washed my hair very slowly. Have gone from taking pain pill every 4 hours to about every 7 hours.
What a lovely shape. They look great. Thanks for all the info, I am doing mine next month.
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Nipple sensation

I forgot to mention that I have complete nipple sensation!
You look so good! Congrats!
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Thank you!
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You look great. Congratulations. I'm just a few days past you. Careful washing your hair, the lifting of your arms can cause pain later on in the night :). Happy healing
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Bathroom

I highly recommend you drinking smooth move the day after surgery. I drank some last night and have used the bathroom a lot. When I had a c-section I didn't go for a week and it was one of the most horrible experiences of my life.
You can find it at your grocery store. It's organic and I think it's important to go to the bathroom easily bc straining is going to make you tighten your chest which is no good.

Love my cleavage!!

BR sister you are looking so good.....
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Thank you!!
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Very pretty! Look nice and perky! Congrats and feel better soon. It's a wild ride to have big boobs, fall asleep, then wake up with small boobs. :)
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post op

post OP

Beautiful!! Your doc is very skilled and made you look fab!!! Happy healing and rest :)
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Thank You So Much!!
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Itching?

What is everyone using for the itching?
Today is day 4. Pain is getting better. More bruising is showing up. I'm feeling better but still kind of take naps. Right now I'm going bra-less while I wash my bras. Just needed a break from having them pinned up. I wish I could speed up this healing process. Definitely isn't the most fun I've had but it is worth it!
I haven't really had any itching. I keep waiting for it but it doesn't feel any different than before surgery. The only itchiness I get is from the steri strips tugging on the skin. I just practice mind over matter and rub the tape instead of scratch. The itches go away. For me personally, I haven't had any real issues with that. You look fab by the way!!! :)
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Thank you. Itching didn't last too long.
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You look so fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)) Wow! What great results! I love your new "tasteful" cleavage, lmao!!!
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1 week

Tomorrow marks 1 week for me. I'm not going to have time to update so I will do it now. I've taken it very easy this week. As far as my pain now, not too much, but I am super sore and very uncomfortable. I'm getting frustrated with how uncomfortable I am. I guess from reading other stories I didn't expect to feel like this. I have a 19month old. I sent him to my inlaws for a week. He is home now and I hate that I can't be the same with him. Luckily my husband is really stepping up and doing more. I just want to give my little buddy a tight squeeze. It's killing me. I'm feeling a little depressed but from what I've read it's normal. Depressed bc I can't be a good mom, because I'm extremely uncomfortable and bc I feel like my boobs are still big. I hope these next few weeks fly by. I'm usually an up beat person. Sorry to sound so down. I'm super grateful and I know what I'm going through now is soooo worth it. Just having a moment.
Oh you ladies are so great!!!! I'm much better today. I woke up so much more comfortable which was great bc I went back to work today. 12-8. I have taken several breaks through out the day to just sit and put my feet up. My husband stared at me all morning. Said he loves my new chest. I'm feeling so much better. Thank you ladies!
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My itching is just beginning, but it's already bugging me terribly! I, too, have a toddler and find that taking care of him is the most difficult part of this process. I'm still able to care for him, just a little slower than before.
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Mine has started a teensie bit, suggestion some aloevera should help with the itching - it's a deep moisturizer & cools. Helped this am, better than scratching which is a no no. While it's not quite the same as a toddler, it's hurting my little furkid Morgan wants to be held & I can't. But you'll find ways...happy healing & patience with the process.
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9 days post op

I think you look wonderful!!! I think they're definitely smaller in these pics than they were initially! They look great, and I'm so happy you're husband approves ;)
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9 days post

Looking great girlie!!!
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Thank You.
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Thank You, I Think There Is Just A Huge FeaR Of Having A Large Chest Again.
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question

I'm Almost Two Weeks PostOP And I Have What Feels Like Hard Lumps In My Breasts. Anyone Else? Is It Normal??
You look great!
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Thanks Char
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By the way, did you have a floating nipple graft? I'm still trying to figure that whole thing out. I have my pre-op on September 6...I will have to remember to ask about that.
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1 week 6 days

Excercise

I know I have to wait a while for cardio, like 6 weeks, but what about walking?? I walk laps around the house, but my husband and I usually walk 3 miles everyday. Just wondering if anyone was cleared for that.
Hey - I think this feeling of still being too big is commonplace, I know I'm certainly going through it (6 weeks post-op). I'm seeing it like toothache- if you've ever had it, sometimes you're just desperate to get rid of the whole tooth but actually the answer is to get the tooth treated and keep it. I'm realising that I have got rid of the back pain, the self-consciousness (99%) and what's leftover is a residue loathing for just BREASTS! We need to learn to love our bodies anew. I think your new boobs look incredible, and small, and they really suit you. :)
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Thank you so much. I completely agree with you. I think we come to hate our breasts so much that seeing anything on your chest make you feel like there is too much. I'm getting better everyday with how I feel about them.
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I was walking for three miles at two weeks post op. Just make sure you wear a good compression sports bra and let your body tell you if you are going to fast or if you overdid yourself. I am four weeks post op and I walked 13 miles today - I took my son and his friend to Coney Island and I walked up and down the boardwalk for four hours. I have to say I have never felt better in my life. What a pleasure it was to walk without bouncing and I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh sea air. I can't wait to be cleared for jogging in two weeks.
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2 weeks 2 days

Hi! You look so amazing!!!! I love the confidence I can see in your photos :) just the way you're standing looks like you feel better :)) I'm so happy for you!
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You look great in your striped dress. Confidence is such a nice feeling to have. Far better than constantly being self conscious about what your boobs are doing.
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Thank you. You are soooo right.
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4 weeks

Today is 4 weeks. So far healing is going great. I'm happy with the overall look. I wish they were slightly smaller but hopefully that will come with some weight loss. There is an area under my arm that kinda looks like a roll. I do not like that. My surgeon said a lot of it is swelling but I'm not so sure. The good thing is I have up to one year to have lipo in the area free of charge so I am not going to concern myself with the area. They seem to be the same size and nipples match up. I'm still in sports bras so I'm not sure of my true size as of yet. I'm hoping to fit in a Ccup but who knows. Clothes look so much better on and I'm enjoying wearing strapless clothing. I've even gone bra less a few time. More importantly I've had no back/shoulder/neck pain.
First you're looking fantastic & glad you are healing so well. I am too - you're also way better at posting than I am. But I'm sorry - whhhaaaaat? You have 1 yrs free lipo? How did I get jipped on any future deals? Did you have any insurance help pay? Lucky girl!
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You are looking beautiful....
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The new pics are awesome!!! I will repeat again, I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!! :)) I am so excited to hear about the lack of neck/back/shoulder pain!!! yay!!!!
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