21 year old female who went from a size 10i (32i...
I am 1 and a half days post op and despite feeling sore in the chest i am almost crying with pleasure that i had the opportunity to have a reduction.
I do not wake up well off anaesthetic but my anaethesist recommended a different one than normal and i woke up without throwing up which was one of the only two things i was scared of.
The other being pain, was FINE!! I wont say it didnt hurt because my chest is sore and my strong pain meds made me nauseus so i am only using panadol and i just feel sore and alittle burny under the breasts where my drains were taken out.
I googled before surgery until i was sure i knew everything but i know better than to listen to everything on the internet so if you need some guidance know this:
Your results will be your own your breasts will not match a picture and your experience will be unique and permanent. In saying this i completely support this surgery its a life changer for anyone who is plagued by any and all symptoms of large breasts.
Your going into surgery to get a whole new life. :)
6 days post op
Its day 6 but only the wee hours of the morning (3.41am to be precise!) and let me just say BLEGH!!! Ive been using baby wipes and even managed half a shower wrapped in a makeshift croptop of cling wrap for my chest but god damn i wreak!
Tip for all ladies: do NOT leave it and clean up just before appointment dates try to give yourself a wipe every night under the arms just to keep away the odours!
Also treat yourselves!! If i had of been smart enough to realise the hairdresser could wash my hair (no blowdry the heat could be bad for swelling) id have gone atleast twice in the past week! It can cost as little as $5 for a nice wash and rinse!
The first night i stayed in hospital because of drains and anaesthesia not being a good friend.
Day two i went home and made a nest on the couch for my next two weeks (my partner snores and is a tall solid man who would crush me if i was rolled on) just for safety!
Day 3 and 4 were pretty good i only took panadol rapid to lessen the discomfort and some of my nerve zings.
On the evening of day 4 i didnt feel so great i had a sore head and uneasy belly.
Day 5 was BAD. I woke up at 4am and vomitted, went back to sleep and woke up at 6am with a migraine which got worse every minute.
By the time my partner got home at 6pm i had two more sessions of vomitting and heaving under my belt, my chest was aching from lack of air, i had the whole house pitch black and could barely stand to hear myself whisper without grasping my head.
After a call to the nurses hotline 1800IMSICK (australia) we took me to emergency where i vomitted some more and was given a very strong tablet for my head. My headache settled and we went home so i slept.
Day 5 was bad also i spent the day too scared to move and vomitting often.
As afternoon came i had another big heave session then i swiftly drunk half a bottle of water preparing for the next round but it never came and an hour later i tried a cracker which stayed down.
We (myself and doctors) believe that my body had just had enough of the painkillers dispite being taken only as directed they just didnt bode well with my body. I havent taken any in about 48 hours (apart from the one in emergency) and i havent had any discomfort that i couldnt handle from my chest. Lots of zings which is great cant get over knowing each nerve is fixing itself and atleast twice ive felt a tingle in each nipple so thats really great to feel. Noone could fully comprehend unless going through it the itches of the stitches inside ARGh!!! I started singing Killing Me Softly at my cat.
All in all every day feels like a new chance and a new change and id happily go through the bad days for all my future good!
Typos to fix
Forgot to tell you..
I had 700grams taken from one breast and 800 from the other! (I was almost completely symmetrical to the naked eye but the length of one breast plate was longer).
Thats a 1.5kgs ladies and gentlemen and dispite my want for their demise i feel a slight pride for the weight i had been carrying around my small frame. I gave myself a little pat on the back which had been so sore from holding them for so long :)
Also dont fret if your back-pain doesn't go away immediately i feel an improvement every day but still have some pain from having to recline instead of being able to lay down.
Happy healing gorgeous girls and magnificent men!
First post op appointment day 7
My breasts are beautifully round and nipples are not crooked but dead centre :) .
My surgey was no longer than my 3hours which is great!
Diagnosis says breast tissue came back healthy and good.
And nipple stitches are dissolvable like the rest so no stitches taken out today.
I dont have to wear any tape over my incisions they are stitched and can be left to heal under the protection of my compression bras but can stuff a little gauze under the bands if it makes me more comfortable or if they weep a little.
So i done abit of fishing for you ladies who like a little varying info from different doctors:
Dr Turner says only do whats comfortable to your bodys limits.
-Gentle/light exercise can be tried after 2weeks.
-An underwire bra can be worn after 6-8 weeks and you can wean yourself slowly back onto them at your own comfort/leisure.
-Sorbelene cream can be used to wash or be left on the skin
- I can get my breasts wet now 1 week post op but best not to put them under direct water spray.
In saying these things these are MY doctors personal instructions for me and your healing and results may be different so be sure to listen to your own surgeons advice for your personal healing situation. :)
I had some photographs taken today and asked for Dr Turner to send them to my email so ill be posting them as soon as i get them for you all.
Overall i am totally happy so far and would like to say mentally it is hard to imagine what is under your bandages and if your scared thats natural. Just rely on your body to tell you whats normal and whats not.
I loves my little zings of annoying nerve pain it is a constant reminder than im healing a little more everyday and hopefully that i will one day enjoy some sensitivity of my breasts.
Ooo and today as i was waiting for my bus to meet my partner for my appointment i had my first feel of the weightlessness of my chest compared to before!
Today was a GOOD day.
Cant wait to reap the extra little bonuses from having a surgery to cure my pain/discomfort and also get extras like finally wearing inexpensive cute bras and tops!
Woo hoo for Dr Turner hes my hero!
Day 8 and so happy! MORE PHOTOS!!
So last night i showered with my partner standing in the bathroom watching over me incase any effort left me lightheaded but i was fine :)
I wore one of those 'knockoff' genie bras in the shower to gently cover my wounds, it gave me coverage while i washed my hair and access when i held it out to let water run down over my wounds at my own leisure. I bought 3 for $10 of those bras when i was my larger size as something to wear at home when my bras kept hurting me but so did my big free swinging breasts. Being based on rib size they sit fit and give light compression and shrink back to their original size in the wash after being stretched. HA!
So as i was saying i showered ad then myself and my lovely man went out to our usual thursday night trivia with our friends.
My first outing in a fortnight and first real one since surgery and everyone looked straight at my new small chest before saying hello! And there was wow-ing. Apparently i look a lot slimmer and longer in the torso now that my shirt doesn't flow out off my breasts and make me look pregnant.
After a good meal and some socialising we came home and the undersides of my breasts were so burny after having tape pulled off earlier that day. I took Panadeine Fort for the first time in 3-4 days and stuffed some gauze id bought in bulk under the band of the bra to soft the compression against my incisions.
HANDY HINT: after digging on the net for swelling aids i kept coming up with eating certain foods alot as icing but the thing that astounded me was that in desperation i grabbed a glass of cold water after reading that swelling can be helped by keeping your water levels up and drank half in two mouthfuls i actually instantly got a very distinguished feeling of relief! It did not stop the burning but it dramatically decreased it!
Im extra happy because i got to give my 6month old kitty a proper cuddle for the first time in about 9days this morning and ive really wanted to because shes been by my side 24/7 and has even slept the whole way through most days just because she stayed with me.
So anyway i took some photos because i could hardly wait to get the others emailed to me from the doctor.
Day 9 morning
Going shopping for some shirts today because its winter and i have none i shrunk my only two in the dryer.
Also the itches are driving me crazy and people are looking at me weird when im lightly running my nails over my shirt where my nipple is.
I have afew sneaky prickly stitches is it better to trim or leave them?
10 Days Uncomfortable
But this evening and tonight I've been feeling 'burny' on the skin beneath my breasts near the incisions and wearing one of those fake genie bras i have because my compression bra holds those sore spots tighter.
Im still swollen on the left side a lot more than the right and i have a small mass near the incision (.) (.) between the breasts on the left boob. Its just underneath where the incision starts.
Could it be something bad it feels achey and I've been gentle prodding it from time to time hoping that will act as gentle massive to help diminish it.
I still cannot feel my right nipple but am 100% in my left even though i get a lot of zingers in both.
Im not supposed to use anything other than wash with sorbelene over my breasts gently but it seems where my cleavage starts in the centre of my breast my skin is dry like its going to flake alittle, is that normal??
Also being only 10 days am i ok to be wearing my genie bras? They have less support than the compression bra but are more comfortable.
My PS doesnt come back from another state until friday i think and im worried about that achey mass i keep feeling.
I still have a bit of a sore lump under the incision on the left boob and its still more swollen than the right by a lot but i feel its getting better slowly and i see my regular GP for a medical certificate in two days so ill get her to check it then.
Im curious to know are my incisions healing super fast or is it normal to be so closed already at 12days post op??
Happy healing ladies!
Post op compression bra
Mine was great. I did NOT have liposuction on the sides of my breasts so i cannot review from that but i had drain wounds above my incisions and covered with a small op-site (super thin bandaid) i had no troubles.
With the material i was able to pull the bra down by hooking my fingers under the bottom band for extra comfort and the bra has two easy sliding bra-like hooks underneath the zipper to hold it closed before you zip. Plus an extra piece of material against the chest so the hooks and zip cant rub you.
I found the thin shoulder straps to be a comfort when i felt icky not being able to shower because i was less covered by material and not ugly underneath my clothes and cami's either!
At first the bra may seem thin when you look at it but it does not lack in compression i believe it does a better job than a tougher material would and shrinks back after wear in the next wash.
Plus it contoured my changing breast shape perfectly as i swelled and de-swelled.
Being a 33.5 inch around the ribs i bought a size medium at 34 inches which fit perfectly. When in doubt on this bra choose the larger size.
I wouldnt recommend this bra to anyone with too many fatty areas under the breast it may roll or flip up for the larger inclined women which may be uncomfortable.
Day 13 Handy Tip
2 weeks Post Op
My zingers are less often but random and strong when they come.
My left nipple is still very sensitive and my right is numb but reacts to temperature and touch :)
I worry alittle that as the scabbing starts to come off that i may have areas of splitting but so far so good.
Also i'm still sleeping upright i tried laying down but get alittle pressure on the breast from the skin going taunt across my chest and the sides underneath my arms are still swollen the left more than the right.
Allergy Tips and Wirefree bras in Australia
I saw my local doctor today because PS is away and she said i have afew areas of small blood clots in the side of my more swollen left breast but that they will deteriorate over time by themselves. I have not had and do not have any infection anywhere and have not used anything on my incisions i just let them scab over and seal.
Today i asked my doctor for something to soften my incisons because ive been itchy on them and sometimes if i move to far i feel as though my scabs may crack or split so my doctor recommended me Cetaphil Moisturising Cream because i am very sensitive to fragrance and oil.
I have just put some on today and it feels beautiful and soft and easily washed off my fingers with water.
The regular chemist price is $9.99 and no script is needed to purchase.
Im posting pictures of the cream for all to see.
Also for all my Aussie BR friends i strongly recommend buying Seamfree crop top bras from Kmart.
They are a 2pack for $12 and they are thick enough to cover most nipple shadow and come in white, beige and black.
They have padding in the front which can be pulled out and put back in which is a great feature for those who can get small palm-sized gel packs to put in the bra for swelling!
I got a size 10-12 because im a 10 in bra bands and they feel so smooth and snug.
Compression wise i say they are not tight enough to dig in like a compression bra but are tighter and 1 layer thicker than a genie bra.
My doctor said my PS did the most amazing job ad shes heard really good things about him. :D
Happy healing everyone!
Big Mistake Post op Day 15
If i have anything bad to say its that the Cetaphil cream worked TOO well and i softened up too much.
I put on one of the new seamfree crops i got today and lined it with gauze to try to dry out my incisions abit and now i think ill just go back to using nothing until i have completely closed up.
A good day ruined with a scare and now i just want to go to bed :(
Night all, take care.
Post Op Day 16 ~Blues~
The weather here has been rainy and cold and too windy to even hold an umbrella so i dont even have an option of leaving the house.
I hate the blues, the blues are terrible. >:(
Super weird :S
It looked like two black build ups of blood that had sealed over the place the stitch would have held my drains in but i got curious and pulled one with tweezers and out came this black piece of string! The two black dots that i though were dry blood were two separate ends of the same piece of string just a little less than a centimetre long. I was confused.
Has this happened to anyone else?
Slow healing? Post op day 20
3 weeks & 2 days Post Op
Did anyone who has had a BR have regular insomnia problems? I do and i worry it has been stunting my healing process abit when i only get 4.5hrs sleep in a 52 hour period sometimes.
Apart from that my chest has stopped mostly with the peely skin and most of my itchiness is gone :D
Everything is closed up except for a tiny sore smaller than the "o" on this post. :)
I do however have some stitches poking out around my nipples and 2 or 3 under the breast but they aren't read to come out yet.
I had a big day yesterday i went shopping and bought some dresses from Jay Jays which were fitted and super cute in a size.... 12!!!!!!!! I still have a little pudge on my hips due to weight gain from an undiagnosed pelvic pain ive had for almost 2yrs which makes excersize difficult and Polycystic ovaries which makes losing weight a bit hard but if being only a size 12 is the biggest worry i have in my life then i think im having a pretty darn good day!! I havent tried any bras on but i have held some against myself and i am not yet 3 and a half weeks but i do not fit a C cup. I think i fit a D but its the underwire that fits and the cup is too large. Im only a 10 or 32 around the ribs so i cant change band size to compensate but im trying not to let it worry me too much till they are at their softest and then ill bra shop!
I have photos for our australian BR ladies looking for a nice compressing sports band bra.
I bought this new one (purple one in pictures) at Big W for $8.92!!! Being a size 10 in bra sizes i bought a size 12-14 in this top and when i was putting it on i thought it felt too small but when i had it over my arms and pulled it down over my breasts it felt AMAZING. It had thin straps to go with singlet tops and strappy dresses and the band is longer than expected and sits so comfortably below my incisions. I had some of my best post op sleeps recently in this bra. It has a racer back design but despite not liking that style, it had never once been uncomfortable.
I recommend this bra to anyone!
I bought a T-shirt too >:) for $5 in a size large. (Jay jays shirts are small sizes) and i didn't look even remotely ridiculous! The last time i wore a t-shirt was when i was 12!
Im super excited for bra shopping but alittle bit scared as well that i wont be a regular size.
My next post op appointment isnt til the 26th of July thats when i can ask my questions.
Ill post 3 week pictures and comfy bra pics today the i might add some dress photos later. :)
I resisted the urge to look at bikinis too but i dont know how long i can hold out!
Take care everyone and thanks for sharing this journey with me!
So i went and got fitted..
Also got a pink and also a black bra in the same style as the awesome racer-back purple one i have already and a cheap $14 14B black bra :D ill wear that when i can wear underwire again. Sad that I'm a D but there is no way my surgeon could have gone any smaller with me, my breast plate is very wide! Happy :)
Five weeks post op yesterday
So i was 5 weeks post op yesterday wow! I thought i was a week less!
Everything underneath has been healed since the end of week one for me which was amazingly lucky since ive seen people have some problematic areas so im grateful!
I have one tiny sore left on the bottom of the junction of lefty nipple and two stitches sticking out underneath right boob crease line but im happy with how everything has gone so far and im keen to start scar treatment but not before i know all areas are closed completely.
I got my period after 2 months and 8 days (polycystic ovaries make regularity something i dont have) and im feeling abit queasy because of that this week but i think my energy level is higher.
I still tired easily though so i use my energy very wisely. Haha.
My scars are sore.
Which of you ladies has used Palmers Coco butter for scars and how did it work for you?
Also how often did you use it?
Almost 6 weeks post op and really sore??
Firstly i would like to thank Markpol1 f
On another note: i just got my "monthlies" ladies and ive been really sore on the chest for the past week (had monthlies for maybe 4 days now) and im thinking due to polycystic ovaries and having my first period in 2 and a half months that i might feel abit more sore? I used to get sore just inside the boobs not very outside sensitive but i suppose that tissue could be all thats left so they could seen more outer sore because of that?
I have been sleeping on my side since 3.5 weeks post op would this contribute to soreness?
I would really love to hear how everyone went with their first period and any extra sensitivity after BR especially if they commonly have heavy painful history of them.
Its wednesday today and i have my 6 week post op appointment on friday :) excited! My teeny spot with the sore under my left nipple has healed and now i just have the two stitches poking out beneath righty.
All is well apart from soreness and im wondering, has anyone gotten used to their size post op and still felt too big? I do but when i lift my arms my chest is as flat as it can be so my surgeon did great but i am worried i will still feel "the thumping" up and down when im cleared for exercise and i go for a run.
I hope i get some replies for you lovely ladies about these things and as always, be as honest as possible about it, no sugar coating!
Your support and your stories are amazing on here and i think about how much i would feel i was missing if i didnt have this amazing place to contribute to and gather information from. Thank you ladies your amazing. X
6 weeks+1 day post op!
Now to my update:
I was 6 weeks post op yesterday and had my appointment with the very charming Dr Turner.
So i am all headed on the outside except for two stitches poking out which were trimmed for me.
I have been cleared for exercise but do what my body feels i can do don't go all marathon man. :P
I am about 90% done with swelling and the same with dropping.
I think they could get abit softer over time they are still firm.
I shouldnt go down much so im a 14d.
I have alittle extra fatty tissue on the left side boob that could be revised with lipo if it bothered me but Dr. turner said it will probably go away with exercise anyway (which i plan to be doing soon!)
Alot of my breasts are glandular since thats what they were mostly made of pre-op and they were so sore during my period. They might be for afew more also.
My scars are abit think and hard but ill be getting some silicone sheets to do some scar therapy and until they arrive ill be doing some massage.
Im allowed to go braless and wear an underwire if i am comfortable in one (which i am not at the moment, my scars are still tender and i find regular bras constricting).
When i lift my arms up i feel a bit tight and sore on my side and bottom incisions did anyone else experience this?
Not much else to report i think i might go bra shopping in a couple of weeks but im going to start hunting down a sports bra to run in asap.
I have another follow up to check scarring in 4 weeks.
Happy healing ladies and congratulations to our newest BR patients i have seen a few new surgeries you all look wonderful! X
If the bra fits..
But dont fret ladies i have posted some photos to show i still fit the band and underwire too!
Worried about the cream infecting my two little stitches poking out? Would it do that?
7 weeks 2 days post op and sore?
I just got my silicone sheets in the mail and will start them today but still don't know whether to be concerned for the soreness?
$$$ wasting and liberation
So i have been rather dumb and unfortunately purchased some big thick silicone sheets that were for burns scars and turned out to be non adhesive! I tried to use them but they wont stay with anything and they absolutely stink to me with fumes that smell as strong as PAINT!
So i spent $110 on something for nothing and will need to buy some scar sheets soon because my scars are pretty ropey :(
I have felt very smothered lately and have been going for afew hours without my bra which feels amazing.
My PS cleared me for this and said they shouldnt drop anymore so im trying to remember this when i am all topless and i fear they will droop.
Without a bra i feel liberated ^_^
8 weeks yesterday
Apart from that my breasts are great! I have two stitches trying to break the skin but my scars are fading despite still waiting for the proper sheets in the mail.
I have an appointment to check scar progress on the 23rd august.
My ribs still get sore wearing the loosest bras i have most of the time but im sure that will fix itself in time. No swimmers yet and not wearing a regular bra but no rush so who cares! :D
Some pictures with my arms up and down to show how flat i am up high and how i have no hang over my ribs. Still perky!
I haven't commented a lot but I'm still reading everyones new updates. Take care lovely ladies!
Small Victories~ ^_^
So i give you a review today with mixed emotions and buckets of irony.
I was resigned and comfortable to think i will not regain feeling in my nipple (the right one) and kind of wished i didnt have feeling in them both due to how sensitive the left one is (i dont like the feeling when nipples are touched) but today:
Week 10 and 2 days i brushed the right nipple and i felt it. Haha.
Im ecstatic that they both have some sort of feeling but it shocks me because i was unprepared for the change to matter to me.
I just want to let anyone know who it may upset to lose feeling that some nerves can take up to two years to reconnect and if you are not ignorant to reality and that you are perfectly aware that a breast reduction may reduce or lose you your nerves then there is nothing wrong with being positive and hoping that you may regain them.
10 weeks and 2 days since my BR that i got sensation back in the nipple that has been numb and i really did not believe i would gain any sensation at all.
Be hopeful ladies i want nothing more from this situation than to lighten the blues for anyone with whom this matters.
Take care :)
14 weeks on Thursday ~
I was going to apologise for not being on but ive been busy with a business course and have assignments coming out the wazoo!
So ill say i miss you all instead and see your profiles updated through email all the time.
I left off last talking about gaining some sensation back in my right nipple and its still there.
Ive been using my Scaraway sheets for maybe a month and a half now with a noticeable difference especially in the very thick scar on my right side of boob and upper part of that nipple circle.
Im itchy a lot still which means I'm still healing but have no spitting stitches or open holes anywhere and haven't since the last stitch post i wrote.
I get sharp pain if i twist too far or too quickly due to all the layers of stitching beneath the skin and get tender sore breasts a lot due to only having a base of gland tissue and very minimal fat (i always was glandular in the chest but bigger meant least feeling overall).
I get pain between my shoulders sometimes because I'm so accustomed to stooping so my chest didn't stick out but am working at bettering my posture.
I still cant sleep on my stomach but i can lay on it for a minute or so before the soreness kicks in.
The thing thats been hardest is spending so much money on scar sheets even when im buying mine new on ebay in advance. They are ridiculously expensive and there are no no-name brands that cater to this area of health for the financially unable. Ive spent my tax money this year to buy afew boxes in advance but even when i only use 4 sheets for the two side scars and across the nipples the sheets only last a week and a half being over-used so a box that states 2 month supply lasts only 3 weeks for me using the 8 sheets in that time.
So its costing me at least $60 every 6 weeks maybe more.
Its coming to summer so creams are not an option and ive only just gotten rid of most of a large breakout across the chest due to Palmers Coco butter. (Good product i just have sensitive skin)
Im enjoying going braless with just my tape on in this weather and find for swimwear i still favour shoulder straps instead of halters against my neck.
Im wearing a bra for up to 10hours a day but take it off any chance i get.
Hope everyone is well and healing beautifully.
I added some new photos for you all :)
Dr Scott Turner is a very well mannered man who sits patiently and explains your personal situation in a way which makes you feel comfortable with your decisions while making sure he knows you understand all underlying safety precautions, possible risks and long term effects. I felt very welcome in his practice and his staff are lovely.