14 wks update plus pics
- updated 4 months ago
Hello everyone, I wish I had found this site maybe...
- 18 Feb 2013
Hello everyone, I wish I had found this site maybe 2 months ago before my inital consult with the plastic surgeon, my insurance referred me to. I have found so much information here that I could have used long ago. With that being said let me share my little life story and how I have come to NEEDING a breast reduction done.
I am turning 28 in a few weeks and I have had large breast for over half my life already. My breast started growing when I was 12 and by the time I was 14 they were a full 36C cup. They never seemed happy big because I have always been rather tall (5'8) and proportionate.
I got pregnant at 20 and could not find a nursing bra that fit (which was a part of reason why I didn't breast feed for long) I bought 38DD and the band was too big and the cup too small. After my child, I lost a lot of weight and was very happy at 34D. I joined the Army and with all the PT, my tatas went down to a 34C.
I've always had scoliosis, but it's never bothered me until the last 1-2 years. I tried strengthening my back with exercise but it's only caused more strain in my neck and shoulders. It's gotten so bad that I can't even roll out of bed in the morning and I have trouble falling asleep. It's not like a break your bones pain but more of a stiff pain and every movement hurts in my neck, shoulder and back.
With that being said, my beast also grew in the last 2-3 years. Honestly, I think they are still growing. I haven't been pregnant in 7 years and my hormone levels are fine. What size are my breast now? I can't even determine. The last bra I bought was 34F and I am spilling everywhere!!! The band feels wonderful but the girls are struggling for air. It also upsets me because I spend a GAZILLION BUCKS on a item, that I hope supports the weight but it doesn't help the pain.
I want to be a full B cup because that is when I was the happiest. I want to be able to run again, sleep face up or down (the only way I can now is on the side and I wake with sore hips), see my feet if I am standing, wear button down shirts without the girls trying to show people what I've got, I want to buy regular organic fabrics that do not stretch, not be in pain and not worry about my back.
I'm going to post some pics in the morning.. It's 2:41am where I am in Texas. After going through a lot of the other reviews, I felt it was only right to share my story also. I will talk about the PS I've been appointed to and why I am hesitant on the surgery next post. I swear!!!
After the storm..
- 1 Jun 2013
The day of my surgery I was very nervous but more excited than anything else. My doctor was a little shocked at how calm I was but I told him I had to find a balance. Due to my back issues, I was experiencing a lot of pain and I was more focused on living comfortably. My doctor moved pretty quickly and I was in surgery and recovery for 6 hours. Throughout my short stint in the hospital, I was always comfortable and felt very secure. The staff was wonderful and the surgery went well.
My sis in law picked me up and I was very much medicated. She tried to get me to eat but all I wanted to do was sleep. And sleep I did, although that was uncomfortable for me. I am used to sleeping faced down or on my side. I used all the pillows I could find to prop up everything. In hindsight I should have gotten a recliner ahead of time. Albeit I spent most of the surgery day sleeping, drinking water and taking meds.
The next day, I woke and instantly felt the need to bathe. My doctor did not use drains and did put tape over my incisions. I had a lot of oozing through my dressings and I was a little scared. I had a follow up with the doctor that morning so I was going to address my concerns then. I ran a bath and sat in it. I was careful not to rub my breast because the were still sore. After my bath, I went to my appointment and the doctor reassured me that everything was fine. He said the seepage happens just try to keep the area clean and not agitate the area much.
The next day went much better. Still sore and seeping. Here we are on the third day and I am feeling pretty great. I found a old sports bra that fits again and I am pretty happy about that. I went out and spent some time just walking around the lake today in this Texas heat. Walking was an activity that my surgeon recommended and I took advantage. I actually spent some time walking and just hanging some shade but once I started sweating like crazy, I called it quits and went home to take a shower.
I'm liking my results so far but I am praying that once the swelling goes away, I'll be in a C cup.
Day 4 Another day and a new phase of recovery..
- 2 Jun 2013
Today I have been having the immense itching sensation. I know that means things are sealing up but I cannot not shake the urge to scratch.. grr! It's past annoying but Im just trying not to focus on it. Another thing I need to share is that both my nipples are supremely sensitive.. I know some freak that they can't fetheir nips but I'm freaking for the other reason! Your damned if you do and damned if you don't. I'm gonna just work on uploading before and after shots so you guys can see for yourselves.
FYI I didn't take pics the first couple of days because that was The last thing I was thinking of. It was kinda gross and lots of seeping nasty stuff. I just wanted to wipe and redress my wounds while the girls were al fresco.
- 5 Jun 2013
As for the pain department, I think I have been pretty lucky with that also. My breast are really tender but not painful. The best time is when I am in the shower and the water is soothes the slight aches. I think my internal stitches are healing because from time to time I feel like scratching but it isn't very bothersome. Right now I am most glad that I only have 2 antibiotics to take. They make me very nauseous and so did the Vicodin. I only take one Vicodin at night to help me sleep because I still have to sleep face up.
I am dying to get back in the gym. I always felt awkward because of my breast but now that I have a normal breast size, I wont be so self conscious and I wont have to quit because my back is in excruciating pain.
Since my tape is off I started to uses an arnica salve. I read a little about and it people have posted rave reviews. I am somewhat of a product junkie. I love tea tree for my hair so I also have that. I might alternate between them. If anyone has anyone experience with scar treatment products please comment or message me :)
- 10 Jun 2013
I big obstacle right now is still sleeping. I can't wait to be able to at least sleep comfortably on my side or faced down. My sofa has become my bed right. I use almost all the pillows in my home. I still have some fatigue when I am up and about. Dear Hubbz hasn't been around to help which sucks but my daughter has been a blessing in disguise. I do not get sharp pain but I am hyper sensitive. I still do not feel secure enough to go completely bra-less quite yet. I went to find a genie bra at Walmart, but they only carried 1X & 2X at the time. I did get a Hanes sports bra which is helping for now. I am not weeping any fluids and every time I look at my boobs they are peeling more and more. I just ordered some silicone but I won't apply until all the scabs have seal completely. I have used some Arnica around the girls which I think helped some swelling, but I still feel pretty large. I am so anxious for this healing process to be done already.. :-/
24 Day out
- 22 Jun 2013
I did however do something stupid last week which I regret now. I was in the shower and instead of using a washcloth, I absent-mindedly used a body puff. I peeled the scab on my left boob and now its scarring differently than the right. Since I am dark skin, when I have hyperpigmentation it is very dark compared to my natural skin tone. That is bumming me out right now, but I need to keep my spirits up. I have been sharing this experience with my little girl (soon to be 8) because I want her to know what surgery is like and you need to accept your body no matter how it looks. I am hopeful that with time things will continue to improve. I am pretty happy otherwise and I have been supporting my friends who also want to get the procedure done.
1 Month and feeling pretty good
- 2 Jul 2013
Til then good luck to those who haven't had it done yet and happy healing to those who have.
I can not believe it's been over two months now
- 6 Aug 2013
Pictures and brief update..
- 14 Aug 2013
I didn't choose him, Tri-Care did