Hi everyone, I am self funding private surgery in...

Hi everyone, I am self funding private surgery in the UK, second time for me as I had a reduction on the NHS 37 years ago, then went from about 34H to 34D. I had an incision I can now find no information on - like a vertical line reduction only my line was horizontal, scar round nipples and sideways onto my ribcage. Really excellent result, was a 34D after surgery. Met my surgeon today and he was amazed by this incisision and clearly trying to work out how it had been done, and most importantly, implications for the pedicle. He will try to maintain a pedicle, but if he has concerns about blood supply during surgery, he will switch to a free nipple graft. I had done my research so expected this.
Last time I remember having drains in and it being painful when they were pulled out, also having the suture from internal stitches stick so that they could not get it out, still a bit of blue plastic thread in there somewhere! I remember being anaemic after surgery but having no ill effects from taking iron, and my bruising slipping with gravity so my boobs were not sore but it felt like someone had jumped up and down on my lower ribs.
Over the years I have put on weight, I breastfed my second child and also my breasts got even bigger at the menopause. I am not massively overweight with a BMI of about 26.5 but even when I lose weight it does not come off my boobs. I am 5'8.5" with narrow shoulders, waist seems to have disappeared with the menopause, I measure 44-35-41 and hope to end up more like 39 -34-41, pretty well a standard size 16, 36G+ bra. I am a 14-16 in jeans but 20 on top and one of the main reasons for the op is that my boobs make all of me look size 20! I am having my op done in Lincoln UK on 3rd January - neither of my student sons expects to be home for Xmas. This time round I am expecting dissolving stitches, hopefully no drains. I may even lose the original scar tissue as part of the procedure. A friend of mine had the surgery in Edinburgh last saturday, was home next day and is taking daily walks and no painkillers after 2nd day. Re: our tummies she said on coming round it was a case of "the good news is, I can see my tummy.... the bad news is, I can see my tummy" ha ha!
I have asked for B - C cup but again was not surprised when surgeon said it could not be exact and might be nearer to a D cup.
Got a lovely supportive husband who will look after me, 2 nights in hospital expected.

For USA ladies

Just to say, i was using UK sizing in my post. I am hoping to end up a standard US size 14 which is a UK 16.
Congrats to you peediewife on such good outcome previously. That's amazing as to how the scars were done. Having just gone thru my double mx with reconstruction same surgery this past end of May, I can tell you I'm amazed at how little fuss their was. With less eating and fast food, managed to drop my cholesterol 20 points in a matter of a few months and got myself up and around as quickly as I could-it worked.. Best of luck to you this time around, and from what I can see surgery just gets easier and easier. Over here in the US, I know current practice is to insert antibiotics at surgery-do they do that in UK? I was also on pain meds about 10 days after. I stayed ahead of the muscle pain-it was rarely boob pain-for the first week then weaned myself off after that.
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I am not expecting routine antibiotics but will know more when I've had my pre-op appointment with nursing staff. I tend to heal well without infection. The only problem I ever had was when I had a mole removed on my chest and the weight of my breasts opened the incision after the stitches were removed! Sound like you have recovered well from very major surgery, well done.
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Thank you! I'm not infection-prone either; lucky for me. I truly wish you the best. Your pic is very encouraging to those of us still 'dropping and fluffing'.
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A step further….

Paperwork from hospital arrived today, pre-op checks on 23rd December, due in hospital 1pm on 3rd jan, so surgery quite late in the day…...
We can be "breast" friends. I'm scheduled for surgery the same day.
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yah! Roll on 3rd January.
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The weight of meat…..

Looking more closely at the hospital info I note that my surgeon is planning to remove 500g+ from each breast. Fine by me but kind of impressive when I look at packs of chicken breasts in the supermarket and note the weight of meat…..Be good to have less to carry around!!!! Did anyone else do this?
Yes - I do think of it like that - I was thinking of red meat but chicken or butter is better ;-) 4 pounds in my case.....
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Pediewife, you gave me such a laugh today with your comment about the size of chicken breasts. I get my husband 500 grams of deli meet every week for his lunch sandwiches. I had 500 grams taken out from each breast too. Tonight I showed him the bag of deli meat for next week and said-- this is exactly how much they took from each of my bobbies. He was amazed and so was I. Wow.
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I've always been the same when losing weight, it really buoys me up when I think "I've only lost a pound" and then see what a pound of butter looks like! And then when you put all those lost pounds together, it's a butter mountain!! I was thinking there should be a Weight Loss App showing how much you've lost in piles of food of your choice!! Xx
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Experiment with those photos you hate

Here is a good example of a photo where you can blank out the boobs, and find you look 2 stones lighter straight away. Just try it on some of your photos, gives a great idea of how different you will look.
You are so right...........
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I hadn't thought of that, it really works. I always think in photos like that, your boobs have an overdeveloped sense of their own importance and want the starring role! Will be nice when they take a little less allocated space! Xx
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Yeah, about time those pushy, loud boobs got put in their place and learned to sit quietly in the corner! gather things have been a bit tougher with the bruising, hang in there Maggie it will be a distant memory soon...
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A work of art....

I took my before photo and with tippex and a pencil and created the boobs I want. Quite effective, I thought.......
Wishing you the best...
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Hello peediewife, I've just had a TT and a BR on the 6nov13 in Edinburgh . I also self funded the surgery. I had a large breast reduction- I went from 36h to 36d .ive just bought my first light weight sports bra which is a 38d and I'm still swollen...I'm so so pleased. Healing is doing very well and I look so much better in my clothes. When you are large breasted your body looks so much bigger and worse if you wear lose clothing to hide in which is what I did. I'm looking forward to fun in the shops soon where I can choose clothes and not hide the size tag. Good luck with your surgery.
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Hi there, a friend of mine had her surgery in edinbugh the week before but on the NHS, she has done really well. So glad things have gone well for you and thanks so much for your good wishes.
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To those of you who have been trying to track down my 1976 technique.....

Nobody has cracked it yet. I have scarring round me nipple and then sideways to my ribcage, as seen in this photo. very faint after 37 years of course!

Further from my surgeon

My surgeon has worked out that it is most likely that the my superior and medial pedicles would have been retained during my first surgery, which makes sense to me having found this diagram.
Thanks for sharing your story. I had surgery today and can not imagine having to do it again! Good luck! I look forward to following your updates :)
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It is awesome. I too got heap bigger during menopause. I will be fascinated to see your result.
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Wow, I really love your story! I hope it all goes very well for you. I know it has given me a new lease on life, I can't wait to see your results, I'm praying your doctor will do his best work ever on you!
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Trying on the post surgery options

Lots of you have posted pre-op photos in clothes so that this can be compared with after surgery. here am I trying on the selection of support vests and bras I've bought for use after surgery - I am 36/38 G+ and the front opening one is a 38c - plenty of optimism there! The white support vest almost caused me to do myself an injury as I struggled into it! Pre Op clinic appointment Monday 23rd, 15 days to go!
I wish you well. You will do great. This site and peoples reviews have helped tremendously.
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Hi, how is it going?
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Video

Far and away the best video I have seen of the type of reduction I am going to have, from the marking up to the internal and external stitching. They must do something very clever for there to be so little blood loss - anyone know about this???http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu2o81Wcg7g
Love the photos - can't wait to see the After comparisons! It will be like in Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother saying "You shall go to the ball"! Xx
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woohoo! Hope you enjoyed the solstice and dedicated your new boobies!
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Ended up on a friend's street singing carols with all her neighbours and drinking mulled wine! But the new breasts were very happy with that!! :)
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Pre-op

Well I've provided urine and blood, had an ECG, blood pressure taken, height and weight recorded, swabs taken and a million questions asked about my health and lifestyle and barring any weird lab results, I am fit enough for the surgery. 11 days and counting!
I watched the video and it was very interesting. Thanks for the link. Keep us all updated on your tt. That has been a 9 year dream of mine. my youngest is 9 ;) Happy holidays.
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Looking forward to seeing the after pix!
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Me too, ha ha!
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A very happy Xmas

OMG....Husband and I agree only small presents this year so I give him a superman apron, sweets and some cooking accessories....he gives me a bag of numbered presents to be opened in order....chocolates, gourmet cheeses, candle holder....OMG its an iPad mini....OMG its the case with the built in keyboard....I actually stopped breathing for a moment. "It will be easier for you to use in the hospital and take better photos for you to post on the forum" he said. What a sweetheart!

For those asking about the menopause and breast growth

http://www.ehow.co.uk/about_5421343_breast-increase-during-menopause.html

Hats off to my friend!

Some weeks ago I had to give my B cup BFF a talking to cos she said she did not think I needed the surgery. She is now convinced and this was reinforced today when I forced her to wear my bra on her head, ha ha!
What a wonderful man your husband is. How kind and understanding.
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Your friend is sweet, and you have made her smarter! That hubby is a real keeper!
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awwww! So sweet of your husband to think about getting you the mini for your surgery!! That's incredible!
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Oh No!

Got a headache, sore throat and cough, husband has had a heavy cold the last week and I am terrified my surgery will have to be postponed. Going to be a total invalid in the hopes of beating it.
Sending healing thoughts your way! Xxx
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How are you feeling today? Xx
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No worse...mainly sore throat and headache, thankfully no runny nose or chest wheezing. Telling myself 4 days is still a long time, doing all the right things. Fingers crossed! Glad you are doing well.
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Useful info on what not to take close to surgery

http://anes.med.umich.edu/vault/1005114-Meds_instruction_for_patients.pdf

Feeling rotten with this cold but not able to take any painkillers etc! Hope my bravery is not in vain!
Lots of fluids and lots of rest - you should be okay by Friday - good luck! :)
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Thanks, I'm hopeful!
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Bummer!!!!

Boo hoo, not a happy new year. Cold is worse with sore head and throat, puffy sinuses. Just bit the bullet and emailed my surgeon for his opinion on whether they are likely to operate as planned on Friday and whether there are any painkillers it is OK for me to take right now!
I really hope you will be ok in time. Keep us posted?
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PS says postponement for 2 - 3 weeks likely, might not be confirmed until tomorrow, but I am expecting it. On the plus side, the sneezing, nose blowing and coughing would be a bit scary immediately post op!
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Thats bad luck, but it is only 3 weeks, no point in comprisming your recovery. Take care and concentrate on getting rid of your cold
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Light at the end of the tunnel

Sometimes you need bad news to make you appreciate good news. After having to postpone my surgery tomorrow due to a bad cold, I was offered 8th Feb as the new date, was really upset at the thought of waiting over a month and maybe having to let 2 friends down by cancelling a holiday for the beginning of March. After endless emails and phone calls I've just been offered 24th Jan, still 3 weeks ago but a whole 2 weeks earlier. You all know how much more you can heal over 2 weeks so all should be OK.

I feel truly awful and have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, not one to ask for antibiotics but that is what I am after as I have very sore sinuses, and at worst, that can take several weeks to clear on its own.
Found your review at last p ;) Really interesting to see someone having it a second time, but I can really understand that - what is it about boobs that on some of us refuse to go with other bits when we lose weight? really strange. I love the bra-hat (i have to admit, i tried that too!) - think you should get it patented ;) Oh, and absolutely your boobs are making you look bigger than you are I think. I can see the narrower waist etc, prob because I look for it behind the boobies - you look like you could be less than 16 UK size after the surgery me tbh. I see you are in lincoln. Quite close to me, in Derbyshire :)
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Hi there, lovely to get your message. I am hoping to lose about 20lbs this year which should get me down to a UK 14, which I have not been for about 10 years. The bust size is an unknown, it is going to be so strange seeing what my clothes look like afterwards. Do you know about the UK Breast Reduction group on Facebook? someone has just set up a post surgery weight loss support group and it is motivating me!
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Hang in there - relief is definitely coming.
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SIGH!!!! Those were the days

1990, aged 33, side 34DD on my wedding day, already 1 stone heavier than post surgery in 1976 ( to be honest my ribs stuck out then I was so thin). Planning to lose about 18lbs post surgery and take care of the tummy that has definitely grown a bit since 1990!!!!! But if I am not the girl I was, my husband had a lot more hair then, ha ha!!!!!
I love your wedding photo! You look amazing and I love your dress :) Not long now!
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Aw thanks. It was a pale blue satin strapless dress with a lace blouse over the top and wide belt with a bow at the back. I designed it myself and a dressmaker made it for me.
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You are a lovely couple. I enjoyed seeing this photo. Sometimes nice to see pics other that just boobs...LOL. So pretty!
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Inching Forward

Inching forward! New admission time on 24th now 8.45am, means I should be done by lunchtime, and that the pre-op nil by mouth will be a breeze. 9 days, something great about the days going into single figures, woohoo!
Are you freaking out a bit yet? I ask because I am experiencing sympathy freakouts for you and Raboobsel.
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Sort of, also trying to keep busy. I have a habit of "peaking too soon" before big events which tends to make me calm and slightly bored by the time they happen!
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Then you would make a good spy! Lol.
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Almost there

Well I just checked the paperwork and started putting things out to pack for my hospital bag. It seems that although my admission time is 8.45am my surgery is not until 13.45pm, so it will be a long morning! I've been swimming 2 days in a row and plan to go again tomorrow, so feeling pretty good. Planning a steak dinner for tomorrow night to top up my iron levels, ha ha! My biggest anxiety at this stage is being disappointed - being bigger than I want and perhaps not a great shape. I did send some pics to my PS which he said were helpful and not unrealistic whilst at the same time there could be no guarantees. That seems fair enough. I think my husband is quite excited, he has said to me that he never was one for thinking bigger is better, I was 34D when we met. Nice to get a change after nearly 25 years of marriage! See y'all on the other side.
You have waited so long and been such a great support to everyone. We are all behind you and hoping for the best of results. See you on the other side!
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Prayer for a healthy, pleasant outcome for you! Can't wait to see the new you!
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Best Wishes on you big day!
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Learning to read things properly......

What a twit I am, I confused my admission time with my last food intake time, so admission is 1.45pm, and I can have breakfast tomorrow!!!!! What a Dumbo
All the best, looking forward to seeing the results.
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Best of luck to you!!! Can't wait to hear how everything goes :) sending lots of positive vibes "across the pond"!!! (That is the term, right? Lol)
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Good luck with your surgery. I will be thinking about you today. You will do awesome and I look forward to hearing from you.
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I made it

Very sore and got some morphine in the mix, I think tht will be the lipo. been up to the loo and about to drink a cup of tea, very English! Got electric inflators on legs. had 410 off on side 520 off other plus around 100 mls fat lipo'd off each, surgeon thinks c to D. Too woozy ad dry mouth to b worth husband coming in, so spoke on the phone he will come to see me tomorrow. got a supportive dressing on and no bra. that will be situation for week, no drains. thanks for your kine thoughts and pratyers :) was given antbiotics.

typos for authenticity

haha
Happy healing and congratulations!
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Tea - the cure all for everything on this side of the Atlantic. Congratulations on making it to the other side. Enjoy your drug induced beauty sleep.
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Hope you get a nice sleep now. Delighted for you!
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my blue eyed boobs

feeling great now and not really sleepy but must try!
Hi there, so glad all went well. Looking forward to the pix.
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Congratulations on a successful surgery! Happy healing to you :-)
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Oh you sound good, slightly drugged but good! congratulations and may u heal smoothly and quickly!
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bit more coherent now....

surgery about 3.5 hours, marking up is a weird experience, did not like oxygen mask with anaesthetic but passed out just as it was distressing me. Woke up and it was dark outside and i was in pain, so given a morphine injection. too out of it and too late in the day to be any point in husband visiting but we did chat on the phone. he is coming in this morning with probiotic drink as I had antibiotics, and i will ask him to get arnica cream for the lipo bruises on my sides. no side boob problem expected!

Later on felt very well, thirsty and drinking a lot with frequent trips to the loo so they decided the electric leg squeezers could come off. it was very unpleasant eating a chicken sandwich because i had no saliva and my throat was sore, but by then I suspected that i was feeling shaky from lack of food rather than anything else. i also has some of the prune juice and pineapple i had taken in.

To correct the amount removed, i think it was 490 and 520 plus 100ml of fat per side. one nipple is sensitive, not so sure about the other, but no FNG. was immediately worried that this not that much but surgeon thinks possible C, D at largest. around 4am this hit home and i laid in bed with a silly grin on my face. i am already convinced looking in the mirror clothed that i look at least 20lbs lighter. tummy is podgy but does not look as bad as expected and i will work on it when i have recovered.

napped on and off all night, drank water and went to loo frequently. was very comfortable on my back. need my husband to get arnica cream for the bruising and remember a soft pillow for the car because i think they will send me home today. nurse just brought a change of sheets in, so that adds to my suspicions. just got IV needle taken out, that was pretty uncomfortable overnight!

One tiny blood spot round one nipple but otherwise clean and dry so far. have a bra dressing and no bra on, this will come off next friday when i can start wearing a sports bra, so a while to wait for the big reveal! lipo swelling could take 2 months to go down but I don't think it has really come up yet. with dressings on I measure 2" less than before surgery so the final reality should be much less.

so many kind wishes from everyone, much appreciated.
Congrats Peedie - you made it and we cant wait to see your reveal!
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Yay! So exciting ! Congrats
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Congrats and happy healing!
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Upset stomach

Think I will have to come off ibuprofen ( Advil) for a while as I am experiencing nausea and indigestion. and stick to paracetomol (tylenol). So as well as being sore I am feeling downright unwell just now, but not anything that would suggest infection etc Hope I get a good sleep tonight! The antibiotics can also upset your system but those i will carry on taking.
oohhh you are on the other side _ :) congratulations and so happy to hear you feel so good so early on and it only gets more exciting as you try on clothes etc- best wishes for a speedy recovery! I heard ibuprofen was not a good idea so I can agree with you there- stick to the paracetamol and hopefully it won't be too long before you can go without :)
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haha, loved your blue-eyed boobs comment. better than black eyes. :-)
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How are you feeling today Sweetie? I've been thinking of you and hoping you are feeling better. Were you able to get any rest? Hugs :)
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Grrrrr.......tortured tummy troubles take two

thank you so much for your good wishes and advice. i have not taken any painkillers from 28 hrs after surgery, really don't need them . BUT man, am i having a tough time with the antibiotics! Had trouble sleeping last night with terrible stomach cramps, and full scale diarrhoea this morning. read the leaflet and it seems that as well as being taken at regular intervals, they need to be taken with food. in the normal way of things this only fits in with breakfast, so i have had to ask my lovely husband to put up with strange mealtimes for the next 4 or 5 days - dinner at 4pm and then i will eat the yoghurt with honey and nuts i usually have for breakfast just before i go to bed. i can see a funny side to this - have had major surgery but it's not really causing me any problems, whilst something as commonplace as antibiotics is flooring me! Have not heard of anyone else having this problem??????

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i can't get over the difference with the royce post surgery bra - see me squeezed into it in my before photos
Nice! What a difference in the fit of the post surg bra!!! You can actually fit the 38C!!!!! Yay for you! See that, you said "I can dream"... Well, it looks like you got exactly what you dreamed of :)) So happy for you!!!!! xoxo
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Looking forward to hearing how you get on on Friday. How's your stomach now?
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Absolutely fine thanks, just need to have the tablets with food and they finish on Friday. Am not taking any painkillers.
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Exciting times

I noticed something exciting when changing into my night things just now - the thick bra tape is wrinkling suggesting that they are dropping already and swelling is reducing. Not bad for day 5. I cannot wait until Friday when the dressings come off. No pain, lipo bruising very colourful but not sore unless pressed! I am feeling optimistic about a good recovery and a lovely result.

I have narrow shoulders and am only band size 36 at 5'8" and 178lbs, so they look like the right size for my frame. I will lose weight after I have recovered but I already feel so much slimmer.
Waiting here impatiently.. ;D
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Drum roll please...we are all waiting for your big reveal. I hope you and your husband are overjoyed with them.
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Good luck today, peedie!
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Exceeding all expectations!!!!

Well today was the big reveal. Having the dressing taken off was nothing like as bad as I thought, just the last bit that pulled on my lipo area and smarted for about an hour afterwards. After the main dressing, the nurse picked off steristrips over the incisions. She told me I would be wearing my bra with no dressings or taping at all, which amazed me. So what are they like ? AMAZING, I have looked at hundreds of post op pics online and for 1 week postop, they are unbelievable, especially the incisions. They have some swelling, some puckering and some lipo bruising on the sides but I know all those things will improve over time. The overall size and shape is great, including my cute little nipples. My husband looked a bit shell shocked, so I asked him whether they were what he expected, and he said "better". I came home and had a shower, drizzled hibiscrub over them with a sponge and patted them gently dry with kitchen paper towel. Husband says I have the boobs of an 18 year old. I am in my 38C postop bra and when the swelling goes down I think I will be a true C. Going to have a couple of glasses of fizz to celebrate tonight. Thanks to all of you that have shown such interest and support for my journey.
Hang in there honey your healing great. Looks like you got great nipple placement and a nice shape... Just give it some time it will get better and you to will fall in love with your new Girls... Speedy recovery
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You look great. Its good your husband is supportive. My husband says my breast looks like chucky...you know the little patched up evil doll. It's good I'm not sensitive.
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Fabulous!!! Round and perky. I think lipo is the way to go - I have seen a couple of great reductions lately and the best seem to have had lipo. I think it gives them a better shape. I wish my doctor had offered it to me.
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Swelling

My surgical bra varies between being super comfy and too tight, so I seem to be going up and down with my swelling. Anyone got any good tips for this, don't want to take anti inflammatories so soon after surgery???
Your new boobs look great! :-) Glad you are healing so well! Definitely worth the wait.
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Try to keep reclined and not use your arms too much - that's all I got. ;-)
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Wow congratulations they look fab I bet your thrilled xx
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Bruising

For those of you that think I have no bruising, here are some pics of my incisions and the lipo area. Plus a before and after for comparison. No complaints though, I am not in any pain, except this morning i stretched too far to dry my feet after my shower and that was a big ouch moment! Lesson learned Only seem to have a tiny bit of scar tissue from my first BR remaining on my sides but hard to tell with bruising and the fact that my old scars or so faded.
Congratulations on a fabulous result!
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They look fantastic! OMG! I am so happy for you :) hopefully the swelling will go down in no time :) xx
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Peedie your boobies look great! I'm glad your feeling good and loving your results.
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Scarring from first BR

Someone asked bout this and I now have managed to identify where it ended up! It is under my breast and runs down to meet the end of my new incision, meaning that at the end of the new incision words my underarm area I have anew scar virtually forming over the old scar.
Wow, I can't believe you have done this twice! Your incisions are looking really good!
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Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Did the results match or exceed the dream boob picture you had drawn?
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Both really. I am 11 days post op and have swelling to go down, which will allow them to drop, so it will be some time until I see my final shape, but I really think my surgeon could not have done a better job. I think I may be the C cup I dreamed of, but a D would be fine too. Even in a thick winter coat today i caught myself in shop windows and could not get over how much slimmer I look.
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Loving cute clothes

New pics taken this morning, the bra is so comfy I am going to wear it daytime and the surgical one at night. Little cardigan one size smaller than it should be, picked up the wrong size but it OK for post op. Then got latest pics of boobs including final shot showing new incision meeting with old scar and my lovely lipo bruising.
You look great!
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Wow you look wonderful! That bra is adorable, too.
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The bra looks nice ! :) How are you feeling? I recognizd that my incisions hurt more today than they did before
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2 week update

All still great, saw PS today and can drive if I want, but not yet heavy exercise or swimming, should be cleared for that after my next post op on 4th April. Will get back to cooking and light household chores next week but still wary of reaching up to the washing line, pulling the vacuum cleaner around and wrestling with changing bedding. Don't want to get a hole after doing this well.
I always enjoy reading your posts. So glad that you are doing as well as you are. Thanks for being so encouraging for all of us.
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well, any good stories to tell about your Pub unveiling??? :)
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Nobody said a thing!
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3 week update

All going smoothly but for the last 24 hours lefty has been feeling more bruised and swollen, the area either side of the incision down from the nipple is quite tender to the touch. Sensitivity in both nipples seems fine, it never was that great. Righty, which looked bigger, is now the softer and smaller of the 2, slight gapping in the bra. leads me to think that I will be my dream 36c when all the swelling has gone down. For a bit of fun I have added in 2 pics of a gorgeous wedding dress I managed to buy very cheaply with the intention of having a professional photographer take some really nice pics of husband and me for our silver wedding next year. I never had a dress like this first time and have never even tried on a ball gown, so it is a bit of a fantasy. I actually paid for the dress by selling things that no longer fit me!

So in conclusion, 3 weeks marks steady progress but now the impatience to see the final result. Have been sleeping on my side for 3 nights so am moving back in with hubby tonight but keeping spare bed made up incase that does not work out just yet.
Also I Love the dress! Its beautiful!!!
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You look soo good! I am going thru the EXACT same thing with my right & left breast (same side) as yours! I was worried one was bigger than other! PS told me left looks 10 wks along & right is at 5 wks. I am so glad I read your update. I have been working overtime so I haven't posted an update of my last post op. Will try to post before weekend. Been crazy busy but glad to see you are healing well & to know I'm not the only one with a 'rouge' tit! Lol!!
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That dress is gorgeous!! And you look like you are healing wonderfully!
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4 weeks

4 weeks post op update, doing well despite having a slightly down, floppy day after doing too much yesterday. Dry itchy skin on the side of one boob from skin stretching, using cocoa butter lotion there. Still using bromeliad 3 - 4 times a day and have finally seen a 1 cm reduction in my overall measurement. Side lipo bruises quite faint now. More stitches falling off each day. I have one healed area on my left nipple that is perfect and hopefully a sign of things to come. Less nipple and incision puckering all the time.

More photos

Hit the post button before I had finished!!!
You look great! !
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You look great and your incision healing nicely. I hope you are feeling a little better today again. Just relax and things will come around.
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You look so good and your incisions are so nice and thin. It's awesome you are so happy with your results! Your dress is also gorg!
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Slowly, slowly

My one disappointment was with the measuring tape....5 cup sizes smaller and healing great, so I know there is a huge difference. But for 4 weeks bust only measuring 2" less than before BR. Now gone down an inch!!! So since a lot of people have said it took 2 - 3 months for the swelling to go down and am hoping to get to the 4" smaller that I had set as a target in my own mind. Weight loss should help too, I have lost around 1 lb a week since surgery despite being inactive, am matching my inactivity to a low calories intake, around 1350 per day. PS says I can start swimming again in 2 weeks and I will try my weekly keep fit class in around 4 weeks.
Stay encouraged because you look great !!!!!
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Great suggestion! My boobies hang way down on my tummy. I will measure them w/o the bra now. My surgery is Monday. It will be a better measure of the true difference. Right now I am mashed into a 38 I minimizer bra. I have no idea where I will end up my surgeon said the "D" range. I went in asking for a C. Send some good thoughts my direction for Monday and a small result. I did bring in several pictures of before and after to show my PS what I would like to look like after the BR.
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Can I suggest that you lean over and measure round your boobs with them hanging down as that is the true measure of them pre-op. If I had done this I would be seeing a difference of 6 - 8 inches!
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5 weeks

5 weeks and all is well but more tired this week than before. Still tender lump on left side, various lumps and bumps on both around the incision areas. Amazingly good healing, incisions like a pencil line in places. Took 3 stitches out with tweezers this week, 1 cm long, I don't tug on them if they don't come easily! bruising now down 80% and I measure 1" less than post op.

Off on a city break to Krakow, Poland with 2 B cup buddies this Sunday.
Hope your trip went well and you are feeling a bit better. Thinking of you my friend!
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Looks great! How was the trip? Did you get tired?
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I was OK until the last day, have a couple of holes at the T junction on my left boob, hopefully they will heal quickly. i am very tired and am going to take things very easy for a couple of days. But had a lovely time, thanks
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6 weeks and need to take it easy!

I had a lovely time in Poland and am safely home now. I got a bit tired and felt a bit weepy on the last day, got 2 small holes at the T junction on my left breast and it was a bit achy, but now I am home and have been able to look at it, it is very minor and I think will be completely healed within a week. I just think I underestimated my lack of stamina. Having said that, I did OK and the really good news is that despite tripling my calorie intake with lovely food and drink over the 5 days, I only put on 1 lb, testament to the power of exercise. I was walking for 4 - 6 hours each day and obviously burned all the lovely Polish food off!!!!!

I can't see much difference in my healing this week, scarring round the nipples looking wider, blurrier and pinker but I think a lot of people experience that before it starts fading. The little holes will put back the swimming and keep fit a little bit but hopefully not by much.
Hi peedie...you are soooo lucky! Your girls are perfect! im v lucky to have found you few uk ladies around. Xx
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Hi there, good luck with your surgery, hope you get as good a result and recovery as me.
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It is good to hear that you had such a lovely visit to Poland. What a wonderful feeling to only gain a pound when on vacation. We are going to Chicago and them Disneyland for springbreak. I better start walking a lot now so I don't get to exhausted. You make me feel better knowing I am not the only one with scars that look wider and pinker. Seems like they may just look that way since we are so fair skinned. Thanks for all your support to all out friends here. You are amazing!
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New photos

Was asked to do some updated pics including showing my tiny healing hole so here goes. included some clothes photos, hard to believe I was wearing UK 20/ US 16-18 tops 6 weeks ago! New pink sweater bought on holiday in Poland. For anyone wondering I am mostly wearing 38D bras.
Aww they look amazing, xxx
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Thanks Peedie for your story I had the lipo also I'm feeling little concern left breast little bigger more swelling I'm 7 days post op think I just need a little more patient. You look amazing by the way!
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How did the bigos turn out?
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All healed and fun fun fun

At 7 weeks I feel pretty well back to normal and just hoping for scars to fade gradually. In the last few days my boobs have softened into a more natural shape with a bit more bulge at the sides, i think we would all like our high, firm boobs to stay like that but it is an artificial affect from swelling. The lumps and bumps seem to have smoothed out.

So at 57 I dared to buy a bikini top and posted it on another site, saying, can I get away with this? I got so much encouragement I have gone mad and got 2 bikinis and a tankini for my holidays, all chosen to be mix and match. I have taken photos, I think after 45 the secret is for the briefs not to be too tiny!!! I also pose a pic of me in my sports bra that I ordered pre-op. It is so tiny I kept the packaging thinking I would need to sell it on, but it seems to fir. I am planning to go swimming for the first time tomorrow and try my keep fit class the week after.

I have lost 7 lbs since surgery, the same amount it took all last year to lose. I am going to try to lose another 15 lbs to get me down to around 158 lbs which I have not been for almost 10 years. Still far heavier than I was in my 20's and 30's but if I lose too much my face and neck will sag.
You look great, and I certainly appreciate all the time, effort and comments as well as pics. I'm having my girls done Wednesday March 19,2014. I suffer already with Fibromyalgia, so I'm curious as to what type of pain med will be prescribed. I was so nervous at consent today to ask. I don't do pain very well. My body constantly feels like I have flu, I'm achy and tender and tired. My GP is the one who suggested I have the reduction to help ease pain in neck, back and shoulders.
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i am sure the surgery will improve your quality of life. you will be asked all about your medical history and pain meds at the hospital and can ask questions about pain relief. they will give you any pain relief you need while in hospital but after that your GP will help. good luck, will be thinking of you tomorrow.
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Best of luck you will be thrilled with the results, your neck and back pain will be a memory before the end of the week. Don't worry about the pain, you will get all the pain relief that you need but the op was not at all like I imagined. I took the pain relief as it was given to me in the hospital but only took it when I needed it when I got home and was very surprised that I did not need it. Look forward to hearing your progress
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Softening and dropping but still happy

OK, so they are no longer super perky and the dropping has led to a little bit of side bulge, but They are still wonderful. I am nowhere near ready for wired bras, trying a few on felt very odd and like many people, I think I have fairly wide shallow boobs that will make fitting slightly challenging, but then it always was before my BR. I have shown a bra I do get along well with, bought on sale for £2/ $3 they now have it in white at the full price of £8/ $12 at Matalan in the UK. I am back swimming and will be trying keep fit in my tiny weeny sports bra tomorrow. The ladies there know about my surgery so it will be interesting to see how they react to the new me, if at all!! Brits can be very "polite"!!!! No further weight loss this week and i am out to lunch twice next week including a day out in London to see the stage show "war Horse". The frustrating thing is that since Jan 2013 I have lost 13lbs and when it is 14lbs, it is what is known as a stone in the UK i.e. someone weighing 140lbs here is described as weighing 10 stones, so it is a real marker! So I can't weight to be 1 stone lighter than I was, and then to lose another stone.

4 weeks until my holiday in Greece where hopefully the weather will be good enough for the bikini and some pretty dresses.

Finally, especially for my surgery twin Raboobsel, I have decided to christen my 1976 BR technique " Horizontal lollipop". My scars from that go further round my sides than this time round.

For those new to my review who don't want to have to read the lot!!!!!!

Hi, here is a sequence summarising my journey from 38G to 38D at age 57, 37 years after my first BR.
Hi Peediewife, just catching up on your review (will update mine soon, but have been avoiding the site for a while due to being too impatient and excited too look!). All looking good and glad to see you are feeling almost back to normal. Am interested to know how you are getting with the Royce silver bra? Am about to buy one I think - I followed your lead and sold some of my expensive big booby bras on ebay to fund a surgery one! I am not sure how to decide on band size - did you have the same size as you measured before surgery or did you swell at all there? sorry for so many questions, I am a 'planner'!! best wishes x
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Go up a band size, so if you measure 36 get a 38, you need to allow for swelling. If you hope for a C but expect a D, get the D although it is soft and stretchy so exact sizing is not necessary.I have loved my royce bra, tonight will be my first night sleeping without it but it is so comfy I am going to keep it for lounging round the house days. About to do a review update.
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I have viewed you reviews many times over the past month or so. I am now 8 days post op from having a BR. I actually love the way my results are looking so far and I feel awesome. The only concern I have is my nipples, how they will heal. So my question to you is did you have a free nipple graft? Also, have you heard many negative things about free nipple grafts?
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10 weeks, check up...surgeon does not want to let me go!!!!!

10 weeks and saw my surgeon today, normally quiet he was all smiles and told me I looked great and noticed I had lost weight! He took after photos. I told him I was going to write him a testimonial and that I had recommended him to a couple of people, he said around 50% of his ops were via personal recommendation. He asked about seeing me again, so I said "Do I really need to?". A few minutes later he said " So shall I see you in 3 months time?" and I thought, he must like seeing my result as much as I do, so back to see him early July!!!

So the boobs have softened and I have bought a couple of wired bras to put in the drawer that are 36DD, was getting 38D previously but I am kind of between band sizes and the continued weight loss should reduce my "back fat". The scars are looking good and starting to fade. I still have a little swelling and tenderness to the sides from the lipo. One nipple has sensation and reacts, the other reacts but so far no sensation.

I am almost back to my usual amount of swimming, once a week keep fit class, and I feel wonderful. I am really keen to draw attention to my review as a normal, successful BR, as sites like this are more sought out by people with problems than those without them, giving a rather false impression of how common it is to have problems and pain issues. It is so important not to frighten off woman who really need this surgery whilst at the same time offering support and advice to those having a rough time.

Off to Greece on holiday soon with DRESSES and BIKINIs !!!!! What Joy!!!!!
Thank you for sharing. You look great! Very encouraging for me to read your story!
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Thank you soooo very much for suvh a detailed story!you look great. Have fun in Greece!
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3 months and a touch of the fuzzy wuzzies

All well at 3 months, lipo swelling almost gone. Sometimes the side stiffeners on non-wired bras dig in a bit just where the bruising is. Planning to try wired bras in another month, have gone from 36/38 G to 36 DD which is a cup size bigger than I would like to be but a great result anyway. My scarring is frustratingly dark in places and I have blossoming fuzzy scarring round my nipples. However, I have included a pic of a scar to my knee from a scrape last summer - it is still a dark purple colour so I think I just have to accept that the slow scar fading is the one area where age catches up with me. I can sleep on my front now and the last couple of nights switched to a thinner pillow which seems to be helping my back and neck pain.

2 kind of unrelated things - firstly spoke to my GP about those annoying bladder issues that seem to happen as you grow older and he seems to think I will need an operation. Having checked out my local NHS hospital data there is no way anyone in my area is operating on me! A chance to test out the right to choice we are supposed to have, want to go to a large academic teaching hospital 2 hours away despite the travel issues. May not need the op at all but have to express my choice at initial referral.

Finally, have put up pics of my first ever gel nails ready for my holiday to Greece this week. It strikes me that a manicure and gel nails would be a great pick-me-up post op. Something for those of you feeling fed up to think about - get out of the house and get pretty hands while you are getting a rest from the housework, Ha ha!
Thanks for commenting on my post and directing me to yours. :) I loved the photo with your bra cup on your head. Mine are that way as well. Loved reading this...You breasts look so good. So happy for you.
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Thanks for your review! I found it very helpful. 2 days to go! I'm worried about needing this again after I have children. I hope I don't.
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It is the exception rather than the rule, i was unlucky but would not have missed 16 years of smaller boobs for anything. It was really only the last 7 years or so that i got really big again, but by then i had the money to pay for it
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Sunbathing in a bikini!

Here are my bikini marks boobs on holiday at 3.5 months. i have a jacuzzi bath this week and have been getting the jets to massage my boobs quite aggressively, which has felt good. i also bought some local avocado oil products which are supposed to be good for scar reduction and are lovely to use. i am bigger than i would have liked at 36dd but hope to drop a cup size by losing another 15 lbs by christmas. strange marks on photos are drops of water on the mirror!
You look so well! great manicure too. I am in the UK also and went to meet my PS yesterday at a private clinic in Hertfordshire. All being well, am booked in for 21st so next week! I'm currently a 32f/g and he has said that realistically, he'll aim for a c/d cup which I cam happy with although will try for as small as he safely can. My initial goal of a b cup was perhaps a little over-enthusiastic. The nurse I saw yesterday said I could keep my gel polish on for the op so that's a good result as I only had my manicure done this week I hope she hasn't made a mistake and they don't turn me away next week! I might to be on the safe side have them removed. The PS and the nurse were both very upbeat about the recovery and said shower after 48 hours is fine. They said it's a one night stay and I'll leave hospital with paper tapes and dressings on and can take the dressing off after 3 days and just leave the paper tapes on until I go back for the 2 week check-up. At the 2 week stage, they take the paper strips off and if it's ok, leave them off! Seems very early compared to a lot of the stories on this site - what do you think? Post-op bra provided for 3-4 weeks then sports bras. I'm also going to have a little lipo-suction for the side-boob issue.
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Hi there, so excited for you. When you look at this site you need to remember that woemn are far more likely to seek it out and ask questions if they have problems. So please be reassured that my story is of an absolutely normal recovery and it really is mostly pain and problem free, with just a little discomfort and the patience to do the right things. They usually want nail polish off so they can monitor oxygen getting to your extremities during the op by checking the colour of the tissue under your nails. I had no dressings at all from 7 days, I greatly believe in fresh air drying out wounds and healing naturally. I am now using an avocada based body oil i bought in Crete for my scars and trying to be patient, at 57 I will not see them fade as fast as they did when I was 19. What age are you and have you posted a review? If not but you plan to, make sure your user name is not identifiable and don't show your face in pics as there are some wierdos that manage to get onto the site from time to time.
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Thank you for your helpful comments. I have posted a review (not very detailed) and no pics as yet. I'm 37years old and of Asian descent so have been warned that my scars may be very dark as I have brown skin. Not that concerned about scars as long as they're not weals and heal well. I'm small framed at a size 6 below waist so 32g bust looks a little comical on me, I wear a lot of neck scarfs to hide them under!
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4 months, nit picking but still happy, starting on the wired bras

4 months and I have had small wobbles to do with being too picky - boobs a cup size bigger than I wanted, boxier now they have dropped, one nipple higher than the other and higher than I would like, scars still pretty red. But overall, I am still delighted and have started on the Playtex tonique bra which has a sort of plastic support band rather than a wire. I can feel it sitting on my ribcage, but wired bras have always done that. I have always been fussy about having a good lifted and separated shape and think underwires are going to be the best way for me as dd is not small (although it is very acceptable and within the normal range). Also had a wobble putting on 8lbs on holiday, but already got 2 lbs off in less than a week and know I will not stop until I get to 28lbs lighter than I was January 2013. Overall feeling more body confident, so much so I just ordered net curtains for the bedroom, ha ha!!!!!!

Feel that I did not emphasise enough earlier in my review how wonderful the Bromelain was for reducing swelling the first 2 months. I was skeptical but am a total convert now.

I am using bio oil and avocado oil on my scars and just have to be patient about them fading, I think this is to do with age. Any scar on my body now takes longer to fade than they used to.

I am still on a mission to persuade my US sisters that they over medicate with the encouragement of the doctors and end up taking pills to undo the side effects of other pills. If you rest and do the right things this should not be a painful recovery and you should be off pain meds within days, bot taking them for weeks. As long as we are clean and infection free, nature heals best through rest, good diet and drying incisions out in the fresh air.
Your boobs are fantastic!!!! I'm 35, mom of 3 looking into BR. have been for about 13 years. I just keep wondering why (besides $, pregnancy, and nursing) I'm waiting to get any older before doing it. I'm currently weaning the 16 month old, then going to start looking for a PS, after the 3-6 mo waiting period. My boobs are about 38DDD now, and will probably go down to 36/38 DD when the nursing is totally done. This site is wonderful--it's so helpful to read real life testimonials.
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Yes, good to let things settle down after the breastfeeding and see where you are. I am now so motivated to lose weight and get fit, it is fantastic.
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I love that wedding dress did you get photos in it yet what year is silver anniversary I got 16th coming up .Where you get that dress what size it It LOL I would love to have that LOL
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Age is a privilege denied to many........

I need to remember this when I look at the way my boobs have softened, which has also allowed my stretch marks to become more obvious although push up bras make them disappear, which is handy in lower cut tops.( never got stretch marks on my tunny through 2 pregnancies) Have been debating whether iPad selfies make your boobs look bigger than they are, so these pics were taken by my husband with a proper camera. this is brave because although his landscapes are great, I swear nobody is worse at photographing people, and in particular me!!! They certainly show that I need to lose another 15 lbs but make me think what the hell did I look like when I was 15 lbs heavier than I am now!!!

So can wear wired bras now although it is nice to have soft bra days. About to join a gym, still losing weight on a 1200 calorie target with protein at every meal and hardly any carbs - it works for me.

Next week is my appointment for my bladder problems, if they can fix that I will feel like a new, younger woman!!! I got new glasses this week and my prescription had changed a lot, so it is like "Whoah! hello sharp focus world".

Not bothering so much with oil on my incisions, the colour change is just going to take time and is a worthwhile price to pay. But I did enjoy those high porn star boobs at 3 weeks!!!!!!

So some things just come with being almost 60, but I saw a thing that said "if you feel like complaining about ageing, just think of all those who never had the privilege" Particularly apt as we remember D day 70 years on.
I cannot stop looking at your pics now, I finally got approved and now more nervous than ever.
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So happy for you, I hope you will be feeling excitement rather than nerves. Be well prepared and have realistic expectations and you will be fine!
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I owe you an apology/correction. Told you I'd read all your review and "all" the comments. Wrong. Definitely have read your review several times. It helps me so much.And, waiting for more. But, don't know what I was talking about, but, nope, no way I have read all your comments. Not all 3,000 plus. lol
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Clothing fun

Here are a few more pics of clothing that has made me smile, I hope they make you smile too. Last pic is from a fundraiser at the pub, for all the ladies who think their tummies look too big!!!!!
OMG this is such a fun story. I love the photos. The one at the pub! He needs some bikini line laser hair removal. So funny. I hope you raised lots of $$. Thank you so much for sharing and continuing to share your updtes. It is shocking how the big boobs do make you look much larger than you actually are! You look so good...a real inspiration.
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Ok, Thank you will do.
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put the clock back please

family wedding 2 years ago, spot the lady needing a BR who should have crossed her arms in front of her boobs, not held them behind her!!!!! How i wish the picture could be taken again
You seem secure enough for me to "pick on you" a little. So typical of me, what you did. And...notice all the other woman had jackets on.... But, noooo the "big boobs" does the empire thing and arms back (I so wish I could get into a dress like that. Love them). And, if you're like me, who does that kind of stuff all the time, you later think, "OH CRAP! I can't believe I did that." No biggie. You actually looked really good. ...just "throwing 'em out there." lol But, you always look good. I noticed that through all your pictures. Even before your BR you looked good in everything. Now, won't life be so much easier...and no after-the-fact "OH CRAP....." Have a great day.
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Thanks, just had my son's graduation and hoping that 18 lbs lighter plus the BR will make them pictures to feel happier about!
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What a difference

OK, now i have yesterday's photo at my son's graduation to compare with the wedding 2 years ago - one G to D BR and 18 lbs lighter, what an improvement. I hope this gives others encouragement, I am still losing weight so it will get even better!
Wow what a difference! X
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You look good, nice outfit, so much younger!
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Wow you look so great. Wonderful improvement. Enjoy
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Scar fading at last

At last there are areas around my nipples and on my incisions that are whiter and fainter than other areas, hopefully showing what all the scarring will fade too. It has taken a while due to my age, I think, younger women see the fading far more quickly in many cases. I am loving my smaller boobs and having lost some weight, really enjoying clothes. By the end of this year I hope to hit my target weight and get my BMI down below 24 from 28 when I had my surgery. I am being lazy and not using anything on the incisions.

It is nice that a couple of ladies in the UK are planning to use my surgeon for their BRs

Plan to update less often now but hope my review has been helpful to you.
WOW your results are fantastic!!
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Your photo's look great! Really good job the surgeon has done! Perfect scars! i hope my scars will heal the same. I'm getting a BL and BA in December this year! Ps you look great!
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You look so lovely ... I just hope my 5 months post op pictures look similar.
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6 months update - 38G to 38D

Just a few days early as I am running training Mon - Tues and then off to Bruges with my friend for a girly city break.

Still pleased with my result, not perfect but pretty good and my scarring issues I think are to do with my age and will sort out over time. I saw my lovely surgeon for a check up and he wrote to my GP saying my scars were "somewhat hypertrophic" so I now know the right word for what I called "fuzzy".

I have stretch marks on my breasts which I have tried to show, but also that the lift given by a good bra makes them disappear, so they do not show in low cut tops. We are having a heatwave and it was bliss to wear a thin cotton top with no bra all day yesterday.

My main learning and tips for ladies yet to complete this process are:

This is not usually painful surgery and getting off medications and letting nature do it's work is the best way - keeping things dry and letting the incisions air, preventing post op constipation using prune juice and reducing swelling using Bromelain 3 - 4 times a day between meals.

Be well informed and be realistic in order to have a positive experience. People frequently panic about perfectly normal healing experiences such as fluid weeping, lumpiness, spitting stitches, zingers etc but there is lots of information on this site to reassure you.

Rest and keeping your elbows by your side are key to the first 2 weeks of recovery and you may well need help, especially if you have young children or pets.

Wired bras are a no - no until 4 months post recovery, and whatever bra you use during recovery, do not let anything rub on your incisions, padding areas with cotton wool etc if necessary.

A healthy diet including lean protein at every meal helps with recovery and weight loss. It is easier to lose weight post op although losing it pre op helps a lot with anaesthetic safety etc if you can do it.

This is not a cosmetic procedure even though the results can improve your appearance hugely. It is for back pain, rashes, shoulder grooves etc and is about making you normal. Don't let anyone make you feel you should not have done this or taken time off work for it. Any partner that only loves you for your abnormally large boobs deserves to be dumped.

Good luck to everyone, I hope you all share in my mammoplectstacy!!!!
peediewife, I can not send or receive any private messages. I tried to change my password. No luck. I'm putting this here, because I think you need to hear it asap. You have not done, nor said, anything wrong or which can be misconstrued. Try to keep your chin up. And, here I go, again...I, too, read the line you wrote with the "moaner" or "moaning" whatever, lol and I thought you were probably referring to me..... I just felt a little bad because I moaned in my review. lol Too many of us internalize too many things and take things to heart that might have nothing to do us. I am so sorry you were misunderstood. And, more so that anyone on here would be so nasty and negative. Please do not stop posting and updating. We ALL love you dearly! As for the very few who are .... well, think of a few nasty names to call someone... lol. Oops. Now I'm just being bad. Try not to let it eat on you. And, please post another po photo that shows off your new girls.
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thank you so much, I was upset as I was genuinely concerned about what that member was going through and really wanted to be encouraging. the comment was so unexpected I thought maybe her account had been hacked but I think she must have just had a very bad day and needed to lash out. I have had another private message also very supportive, it means a lot. Thank you again.
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What a great review Peediewife! Love all the pictures and explanations. You look great!
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Blood blister

Just back from a wonderful few days away in Bruges with my friend, lots of walking in hot temperatures, went to have a shower and found this dark fluid filled area on my right breast. It looked like a blood blister and was tender so I was probably a bit naughty and I drained it. I then researched blood blisters and found that scar tissue is particularly vulnerable. I can only think that wearing my bag cross body with the strap rubbing on my scar caused this. Not serious but thought others should know this can happen. it should go away pretty quickly but I think it will darken that area of the scar for a while.
Hey peediewife. Just rereading your review for the umpteenth time. Aside from being prepared physically for surgery - bras, lotions, supplants, …, I also want to be prepared mentally. Tomorrow is 1 week till my BR (woo hoo!!) and reading your review puts me in a positive frame of mind. It helps knowing what to expect - the good and potentially bad. Thanks!!
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Oops - "supplements' …"
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Your review was one of the first ones I've read and just realized I never commented. Thank you for your detailed review it really helped. You look great and I hope for the same great recovery. I am also on a weight loss journey!
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It's a 38C!!!!!!

No real changes, working hard at the gym and the weight loss has slowed down but I am not giving up - 20 lbs down, around 12 to go. The blood blister has left a darker area of scarring, the scar fading is very slow but it does not bother me. New bra - UK Sainsburys, normally £10 for 2, half price! "Very nice" said my husband, "that is £1.25 per boob" - around 1 dollar!!!! My bras vary from 36DD to 38C, but I do love it when a C fits and this is the best style and most comfortable bra for me yet.
Haven't seen you on rs I hope all is well my surgery went great so far so good just wanted to share with you! :-)
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Great to hear that, have been on holiday and now have mother in law to stay, so RS has taken a back seat.
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i love coming back and reading about your experience, peediewife! yours was one of the first reviews i read--seems so long ago. i head in for surgery TOMORROW! after only finding out last Monday that insurance has approved it!! today i am all smiles and nerves and near tears that it is TOMORROW! i'll post updates when i can!
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8 months post op today

The hypertrophic scarring is fading, still a darker spot where i got the blood blister. I am around 15 lbs lighter than before surgery and working on losing more. Still delighted with my result and going mad on buying clothes, but i mostly buy used things from charity shops and ebay, so i don't spend much. I buy my bras mostly from supermarkets for very low prices. At 58 but refusing to believe it, I am taking much more care of my appearance than I ever did when I was younger. Without the BR it would have felt pointless
Congratulations! You look amazing! I'm just starting my journey. Reading about your experience and seeing your fantastic transformation is encouraging. I hope at the end of my journey, I will have breasts that look at great!! X
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Thank you so much for posting I am really close to your size and my surgery is 3 weeks away and I am getting really nervous reading and looking at your journey calms my nerves.
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They are looking truly great- hope my scars look as good eventually. Have you used any products in particular on them? Can't wait till I can rub on some moisturiser at least! X
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Fading scars

I have really enjoyed reading your journey and think it helped me take the plunge! I am 51 and live in Devon UK. Always had love/hate relationship with boobs and at 38e and droopy thought it was time to do something( also fibroadenoma that had to be removed) So found a lovely private surgeon who has done some work on 3 of my friends(2 reductions) So 8th Oct was D day,yes I said minimum D as at 5ft 6 and size 14 thought appropriate. They are covered and I am wearing sports bra 24/7. I do not see surgeon until next Monday. I am having regular panic attacks nightly about how they will look and vision them completely different looking as taped up initially looked so weird. I presume this panic is so normal. But I have to reassure myself I have paid for this so he would have done a good job. So anxious!! Trying to think about all the nice tops I will be able to wear. Also did you have pain from side incisions as mine feel like bits of flesh rubbing together. I am doing nothing and have great husband and mother who are looking after me. Thanks for taking time to read this and think you are looking fab x
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congratultions and thanks for your nice comments. i was tender at the sides from liposuction, my incisions don't go far onto my sides. you won't really know what is happening until the dressings come off, just look at plenty of early stage photos to know what to expect, I am sure all will be fine
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Congrats bunnymahem , I'm also in the uk and had mine done on the 9th. Saw mine today at first dressing change - most of my pain has been around the side too. X
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Leicester Plastic Surgeon

Well Mr Yii has been reassuring and great at answering questions by email. He has listened to me and captured everything very accurately in a letter sent to my GP. I am very confident in his qualifications and experience. The BMI hospital appears to be highly thought of with very low infection rates. I have sent Mr Yii questions be email and he replies fully and clearly within hours, which is really impressive. Now adding information having seen the 1 week post op results - completely amazing and will only get better I think. Really skilled and tidy work, and good healing. Now 3 months and a great result, good aftercare, can thoroughly recommend Mr Yii who operates in Lincoln and Leicester, UK

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 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
4 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
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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