48 Y.old Breast Reduction with FNG 36H to a 36C/D - Jackson, MS

I have really large breasts (but so does most...

I have really large breasts (but so does most everyone else in this forum) and a fairly small frame. I recently lost about #60 and my frame just can't hold it all up anymore. My insurance approved a BR for shoulder grooving, back neck and shoulder pain, and numbness in my arms. My surgeon anticipates I will be a full B or small C. I guess we'll only know that for sure when it's over. I don't have my heart set on a certain size. I'm just ready to feel better so whatever size I get I'll be happy with. He does say that I will likely need a free nipple graft. All will be revealed tomorrow. Hard to believe after a year long process of getting approved the day is finally less than 12 hours away.

3 Days Post Op

I am 3 days post op today and feel great. I have no pain, just some itching and a little discomfort. My back, neck and shoulder pain has virtually disappeared. I sleep better and I can already say that I am happy that I have had this done. I will go back to the surgeon today for a follow-up and to have the drains removed. I thought that changing the dressings would be hard for me and that I would have trouble adapting to the way that I look, but that is not the case. I did get a little lightheaded when I was changing the dressing the first day (I had some help), but I love the way they look. I anticipate that I will be a C cup when it's all said and done. I do plan to post some photos this week, especially of the free nipple graft. I wasn't able to find much information about the graft when I was looking on this site before.

Almost 3 Weeks Post Op

I will be 3 weeks post op on Thursday of this week (today is Monday) and I feel better every day. I returned to work last week on light duty and can tell a huge difference this week in my energy levels. Lots of people notice that something is "different" but not many are bold enough to ask. ha. ha. This is, hands down, the best thing I've ever done. My results are looking better everyday too!! I was apprehensive about posting photos here, but I've been helped so much by looking at the posts of others on this site that I couldn't NOT do it.

Itty Bitties? not really

My first comment in recovery (I was rather drunken on the effects of the anesthesia) to my husband was that I had itty bitty titties now! And wow! Look at how high my nipples are. For the last few weeks this has been fodder for a great deal of jesting by my daughters who are each a size A or B cup. They inform me that my swollen D's which are likely to end up a full C do not qualify for this exclusive club. sigh. oh well. They still seem itty bitty to me..... and coming off the G cup I will probably forever call them that.

3 Week Post Op Update

Today is Saturday and these photos were taken this morning. I was 3 weeks post op on Thursday (2 days ago) There's a big difference in the appearance (to me) between the last set of photos and this one so I wanted to go ahead and post some more. I've done alot of healing this week!! yay. You may notice that one of my breasts is visibly healing slower and is noticeably larger. It still has more bruising on the stitch line and has generally been slower to heal than the other. This breast also had much more drainage during the first week (when I had drains still) than the other. I'm told this is normal and the breasts should even out. Hope so :) It's been a good week as far as my energy levels but I have had some discomfort. I think that I have pushed myself too much trying to get caught up at home and work from when I was off with my surgery. I've noticed more swelling, itching, and overall discomfort later in the day. I'm going to try to take it easier this week.

Went bra shopping for some more comfortable bras yesterday with my daughter. I found several that I didn't buy that had underwire, but I just had to try them on. I'm anxious to see what size I will be :) I cannot fit a D they are just way too big, so it's looking like a C right now. yay!! I'm sure there will be more settling etc, but i'm just a wee bit impatient.

Also, thank you so much for all the positive feedback and sweet comments. I've also had some wonderful private messages.

4 Weeks Post Operative

Just an updated photo at 4 weeks. Healing nicely. Will see the PS on Monday.

One Month Followup with PS

I had my one month follow-up yesterday (I will be 5 weeks post operative on Thursday). PS was very happy with my progress and prescribed the silicone sheets for me to start. He also wants me in a supportive bra with under-wire for work (as soon as I can handle it.) They are high and tight now, but gravity is a force at work against us all I suppose. 6 weeks of scar therapy and then I go back in early November. I can't do the under wire yet, but will continue with the good support bras I use currently without the wire.

I've also noticed recently that I had gotten into the habit of holding my shoulders forward and hunching over as a mechanism to hide the size of my breasts (as if) prior to my BR. It is now taking me a real effort to remember to hold my shoulders up and not do this. I never even noticed that I did that before, but a friend at work has told me several times since the BR to stand up straight.

How I handled BR surgery with SLE Lupus and my Rheumatologist Appointment was today!!

I didn't address this in my previous posts, and here I am 1 month post operative on the BR, but I wanted to touch on a subject that (possibly) other people may be dealing with. I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in 2011. Let me just be clear from the start that I am very very fortunate as I am one of a small percentage of people who have no organ involvement. My Lupus consists of 4 of 11 symptoms and is accompanied by Fibromyalgia and a pretty severe case of Reynaud's Syndrom. Obviously, we can't know what the future holds, but today and the right here and now is good. Thanks be to God.

When I got diagnosed in 2011, I did extensive research into non-traditional and alternative treatments and lifestyle changes. Using a combination of these things, the result was improvement in my Lupus related symptoms, including relief from the Fibromyalgia, improved health overall, and a weight loss of around 60#. The weight loss is one reason that I ended up needing the breast reduction as I no longer was able to support the weight of the boobage.

Last year I had quite a scare when I had a total hysterectomy and ended up being readmitted to the hospital with an unexplained temperature spike and required an additional 3 days of IV antibiotics. No one ever said this was Lupus related, but I felt very strongly that it probably was and my OB/GYN just didn't have enough experience with autoimmune disorders to say one way or another. I had not thought to keep my rheumatologist informed, so she was out of the loop as well. In hindsight, she does feels that it could have been related but we're just not sure. So for my BR, I was determined to address this on the front end. I worked very closely with both my rheumatologist and my PS prior to my BR. All of my doctors, including my internist, were informed and kept in the loop about this surgery. I spent the week prior to BR on a 7 day dosage of oral antibiotics. I had the normal antibiotic shot the day of surgery and went home with a script for 7 more days of oral antibiotics post-surgery. I was very worried about doing this as antibiotics are known triggers for lupus flares. No problems though. Today at my rheumatologist followup I received news that all of my targets/markers are normal and bloodwork looked good. It seems that I had no adverse effects from the surgery or the antibiotics.

If you have an autoimmune disorder and are considering this surgery, just know that you may need to take some special precautions for your condition and work closely with ALL of your doctors. Just a note: This is what worked for me.
Blessings Ya'll.

5 Week Post Operative

These are my 5 week photos. I'm happy with the healing. My leftie is still larger than my right. That may or may not resolve itself. I hope it does, but am happy regardless. Blessings!!!

Itchy Itchy Itchy!! Silicone Scar Sheets have arrived.

These are the Biodermis silicone scar sheets. I began using these on Friday night. I have very reactive skin and had to use the blue paper tape made for sensitive skin, when I was padding my breasts in the first couple of weeks. The tape was pretty hard-going for me, and it's made for sensitive skin...... so you can imagine what the silicone is doing to my skin. These things make me itch like crazy by the end of the day. I can also feel a slight heat underneath. So far no rash or reactions. I am watching very closely for signs that this is too harsh for me. In the meantime, I took a Benadryl last night and it really helps with the itching. Even by the end of the work day it was much better today. I know that my window to use these is limited, so I want to make it work, if I can. AND they were expensive. Any advice about using these???

Underwire!!

The PS said I could probably handle underwire his early and he was right. I love my new bras! Got 2 at Dillard's with matching panties. Nude and dark grey. Wacoal in a 36C. I'm pretty sure if I continue to lose weight and have to go down a band size I will probably be a D cup then. For now through I'm liking being a C.

6 weeks post operative

Just a couple of photos for update. Today was my 6 weeks post op anniversary.
R Scott Runnels, MD

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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You are healing so wonderfully! Any advice?
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Looking good! Best wishes
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You look great!
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How exciting to be able to go bra shopping! Hope you find them comfortable!
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Just read your review and saw your pics. You look great! My surgery was 9/10 so it's good to see what I can hope for a month down the road!
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Hey Lucky thanks! I'm so glad we had the courage to do it! Everyday is better than the last!
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Looking good!!!!!
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Thank you!!
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Looking good!!
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Thanks Hun!!
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Congratulations, you look so wonderful. I'm at 17days post op and your photos look just beautiful. Sending you warmest wishes, very brave decision & I'm so happy to hear you've avoided a flare up...xxxxxxxx
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Thanks Charley!! I looked at your review and that is an impressive amount of bruising you had going on. However, even through the bruising it is evident what a great result you have. When you get to the 5 week mark, where I am now, you are really going to see a difference in the swelling and bruising. They look spectacular!! Keep us updated. Now that we've commented on each other's forum, I should get an email when you post an update, so I'll be sure to keep a watch for you. Blessing to you, dear.
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Well done you, i like to see an intelligent and proactive approach to managing your own health and very often the patient can become more expert in managing their own condition than the doctor is. Your pre planning has paid off. I hope your health will be stable so you can really enjoy the benefits of your BR. Thanks for sharing this as it sets a great example to others with underlying health issues.
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Thanks Peedie!!
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wow!!! look awesome!
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Thanks! I had a very normal recovery and am so happy with the results. I wish I had done this years ago. I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming surgery. blessings!
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I absolutely LOVE your review and your results!!! You look AMAZING!!!!
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Happy that you are doing well. Keep us updated soon. I can't wait to see some photos!!! Welcome to the other side!
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Beautiful results and healing!
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Thank you!!! Good luck with your surgery next week. I'll say a prayer for you on Monday; let us know as soon as you can how you are doing. Can't wait to see your results too!!
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You look great! I;m just starting to find that my posture is better since surgery. I hope you can start changing your posture- it makes such a difference!
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it's a constant challenge. I can see myself slouching in the reflection on the elevator wall at work and it's not attractive!!!
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good luck with the wired bras, most people cannot tolerate them until around 4 months post op.
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I don't see me tolerating them very soon either! I don't know why he said that.
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I have noticed I'm slouching too! Sounds like a good office visit - good!
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