Best Thing I Ever Did, And Did It Early - Houston, TX

I made the decision to do this after buying $75...

I made the decision to do this after buying $75 minimizing bras for years as a 19-23 year old when I wanted to be wearing cute things and going bra less. I was 5'8" and 135 lb with very droopy DD breasts. After jumping through multiple hoops, insurance agreed to pay for the procedure. It was relatively high risk because I have a blood clotting disorder, but I was monitored for 2 days in the hospital and by a hematologist.

The recovery was relatively simple. I didn't have any nausea or vomiting and left the house after about 5 days. I came out of anesthesia too early, I think, and was in excruciating pain as they were bandaging me, but eventually it got under control. There was some skin loss on one nipple, which was fixed with the mesh overlay. I am now about 7 years post-op and they look pretty much the same. I've had no increase in size and minimal drooping.

I only have before pictures with clothing on, but-they were horrible. It was 19 cm from my "notch" to nipple.

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Supplements

I took Arnica Montana and Bromelain, before they were mainstream, and had literally zero bruising and swelling. I took several vitamins, not sure which ones, but things that are recommended for surgery and I really think it helped the healing process. I also did ask for Zofran to prevent nausea.

Dr. Lee did a fantastic job recommending a size to me and allowing me to pick a shape (I chose "ski slopes").

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Nipple sensation

I need to note-my nipple sensation never returned. I have about 10% feeling in one nipple and about 60% in the other. I do sort of remember the days of sensitive nipples, but at this point, numbness is normal. I still think it was worth it.

My nipples were not entirely removed, just re-placed. I have also not yet had children or tried to nurse, so I cannot speak to whether that is intact.

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Day 9

Tape comes off tomorrow. Til then...

Dizzy is 90% gone. I do believe it was the Scopolamine patch withdrawal, as much as every doctor says that impossible (Google it!) DONT WEAR IT LONGER THAN 24 HRS!

Otherwise, feeling good!

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You look amazing. I am 4.5 months post op and have a very 'slight corner' I think that it is more noticable to me but I am so glad that yours filled out. I know the surgeon says that scars fade and the shape becomes more natural but it is great to actually see it and I am not a very patient person It is great to see someone having this op while they are young I waited until I was 49 and suffered for years my only regret is that I did not have it done sooner
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The scars definitely fade although it took some time. They looked really good at a few months post op, but then some began to bulge outward. Now, they are all completely flat and barely noticeable, just some shiny skin. The most obvious scars (on the front of the breast) are the best anyway. Underneath are the more obvious ones, which no one can see. The only thing that didn't recover for me was sensation. It's unfortunate, but was worth it. I have about 10% sensation in one nipple and 60% in the other. Price to pay.
"Underneath are the more apparent ones, on the front are the more visible but look the best". Good luck, as I'm sure recovery is more difficult at an older age, but you're out of the woods! They should "drop and fluff" within this first year!

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I just posted my rhinoplasty update on my breast reduction. Ignore that!

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My Plastic Surgeon told me the brain thinks we have had two seperate surgerys and will heal differently . Hope that helps Im 2 weeks post opt and have same thing even inverted nipples are part of healing process. I had a coconut gentle finger tip massage tonight awe sure helped the tightness.
I would like to know the same question did you go back down Im only 2 weeks post thanks
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He did an excellent job.

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