32 and Waited Far Too Long! 34F to 34D - London, England

I've spent a year on realself reading reviews and...

I've spent a year on realself reading reviews and building the courage to share my story. Im 32, 5"8 and 75ish Kg with no kids. I have always had a large chest I literally went to bed one night and the next day...kaboom!! By the age of 16 I was wearing a 44K...not fun..at school my nick name was BT (big tits) that did little for my self image. I went to the doctor and was laughed at and told to lose weight...fair enough! So fast forward 5years and 20ish Kg and im a healthy weight, a uk size 12 and still 34F..sigh...l go back to the doctors only to be told "women pay thousands for whay you have for free" I nearly told him to go sit on a sharp stick!! But instead I tried to embrace my boobies get thru uni and enjoy all the free drinks and club entries they provided, all the while I was in agony and embarrassed about how I looked, no one has EVER seen me topless, never! Fastforward 10yrs im now 31 and had enough and definatly wont be told no and by chance my old doc left the practise and I got a fab female doc who listened and understood, within months I had been referred to a surgeon, been assesed and had my funding approved by the NHS...woohoo! And what a relief! I was contacted in Feb with a surgery date 3/7/14 they last week moved it to 3/21/14 and yesterday called to ask if I would like to move it forward to the 3rd..huh?? So there we are...so far Im booked for the 21st and anxiously waiting...woohoo!

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As you will probably understand there have been many tears shead in order to share this post. You will see what no one else has...feeling a little down this morning.
Good luck with your up coming surgery. Hope all goes well. X
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Thank you :-)
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Chin up - you're almost there! The next two weeks will go by quickly - I spent it cleaning and organizing my home, I got a wedge pillow to sleep on, made sure I had plenty of button front pajamas, zip-up sweatshirts, and button-down shirts to wear post-op. I also stocked up on gauze, Tylenol, paid all of my bills, and got a comfy pair of slip-on shoes. Good luck to you! I'll be looking for your updates:)
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12 days to go!

Im on a emotional roller coaster at the moment, going from euphoric joy to the pits of depression. I suffer from a genetic disorder EDS it causes cronic pain, fatigue, hypermobile joints, joint dislocations, slow healing, easy bruising and a whole list of other stuff! My surgeon is very knowledgeable on my condition and prepared. But im not...im scared I wont heal or have the fab results you ladies have because of my condition. Ive had a recurring nightmare in which my incisions wont close. So im trying to distract myself which my preperations
Current list:
Bio oil
Mederma
Multi vit
Arnica
Pain killers- cocodamol 30 / 500
Stool softener
Gauze
Ice packs
Baby wipes
Wedge/ back rest
Pillo

11 days to go

Perfect example of what Im talking about i dislocated my finger during that last update and posted it incomplete
List continues
Pillows
Pj's
Drinking straws

Ive aready purchased four bras and as soon as my hand cooperates it share photos. Id there anything ive forgotten? ?
This surgery wll help so much with your pain. I understand your frustration about being told that you do not need the surgery and that women pay for what you have, I was told that as well by male doctors. Funny when my new female doctor agreed with me I got scared, the surgery became a real possibility. I am 4 months post op next Tues and cannot believe the difference that it has made. You will be fine, keep us posted and be good to yourself.
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Thank you! Ill be updating as often as I can x
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hi there, so glad you are finally getting this surgery, the way you have been treated by GPs over the years is just awful but all too typical. you will need front opening bras and tops at first, must not raise your arms. i highly recommend bromelain tablets taken between meals to reduce swelling, best place to buy in UK is holland and Barrett. just make sure you take things really easy, do nothing and eat healthy including plenty of protein. to sleep on your back use 5 pillows. 2 under your head and shoulders, one either side to rest your arms on and one under your knees to prevent back pain. i was really worried about sleeping on my back but loved sleeping in my nest. i have had a great recovery, was off pain meds from 28hrs post surgery, take a look at my review if you have not seen it yet. Very best of luck to you! this surgery will make you so happy and it helps to be well informed and realistic about recovery. think in terms of 4 months to final size and bra fitting.
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bras

As promised the bras I have purchased are
Annette by Renolife Post Surgical Softcup Bra £44.99 for two
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La Isla Firm Control Bra £8 each
They look and feel great, soft fabric but with enough support, large thick underband and straps. Ill update and review once ive started using them.
Hi there I'm having my br on the nhs on the 12 th march. Look forward to seeing your progress good luck xx
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Hi yes I saw you in the March check in, its soo exciting! Good luck hun! Can I ask which bras you went for in the end? Xx
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Hi I went for the royce silver bra. Although at my post op they told me to take the bones out of old bras and wear them. I found this a little strange as I thought they would be un comfy and hopefully to big x
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lists, lists, and more lists!

'Im so excited and I just cant hide it im about to loose control and I think I like it'....lol! Ok so ive spent the last couple of days making lists (may fav thing as im OCD) and generally organizing myself. Ill hopefully do my final shop on weds. Im feel sooo happy, today my blood work came back and my Vit D levels are back to normal, wooho! and Ive managed to shead a few pounds in the last week, double woohoo! Last thing to figure out is what ill do with my crazy afro for the duration of my recovery..urm?? All in all a fab day. 'In so excited and I just...' im sure you know the rest. :-D
lists rock!
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Lists totally rock! Just made another one...lol
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really productive day!

Ive been so encouraged and motivated by several realself ladies three of whom are being transformed today. I hit the shops hard, new pjs, bathrobe, zip up hoodies, sweat pants, arnica cream and pillules, pillows, bio oil, ice packs, toiletries....I indulged in some real conspicuous consumption today! And i dont feel bad, I feel ready! I guess before now it didnt seem real but having everything set inc booking my taxi for the day of surgery makes it soo real. I even resisted the earge to buy bras...it was so difficult! Instead I wondered around the lingerie dept dreaming of the day I can march in there and grab any style in my size! This so far has never been possible...I wont ever have to got to the super support/scaffolding/ugly and depressing as hell section again! You know the kind of bras I mean ladies?!! The kind where if you got run over you would rather die than let the paramedics cut your clothes off! Lol..bring on the 21st and lets do this!!

Feeling a little under the weather!

My little outing to the shops on Weds really kicked my butt and im still paying for it. My pre existing condition (EDS3) mixed with my time of the month has floored me im in soooo much pain. Ive been awake for hours and cant get out of bed! And my regular meds which are codeine based have stopped me up again and no amount of fibre is helping. I dont think this operation is a good idea :'( if I can't manage day to day life how the hell im I going to manage the recovery from this procedure? I cant walk without crutches so what's going to happen after, when I cant use them? I really didn't think this whole thing through...what have I done!!
Take a deep breath talk to your doctor about your fears. You are emotional and constipated, have you seen the e-mail about which part of the body is the boss, you guessed it, the butt, when it is not working nothing else does. Drink buckets of water, prune juice add fibre like Fibrogel to water, be good to yourself and think of all the benefits this surgery has to offer. I am 4 months post surgery and I cannot believe teh difference, I agree that do not have the same medical conditions that you have but your surgeon is confident. Get the body back in gear , you will be fine. We are all here for you.
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Its a shame we're controlled by our butts...Ive been on thr fybogel for days. If nothing happens today ill break out the big guns and go for the Senna leaves...just means I cant go out tomorrow...hahaha! I have to laugh..your a star peedie xx
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Oh chick sounds like your having a rough day. Try to keep thinking positive. I'm sure you have plenty of people around you willing to help. It's normal to keeping having second thoughts. I think it's such a roller coaster ride. Big hugs xxx
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All ready I guess...just a waiting game now!

So after my little breakdown yesterday I am feeling better. I received a call from my surgeons office yesterday confirming I was still attending my appointment for surgery on 21st. The timing of the call was funny as I was just considering cancelling but ive cinfurm

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Sorry I hit submit...lol I've confirmed now anyway and they asked me again about any medications etc so feeling reassured the hospital is on top of everything. I honestly thought they called to move my surgery again...pheww! I have to to be at the hospital at 8 a.m nil by mouth etc and ill have to be admitted for a few days after surgery so i need to pack an overnight bag for an extended stay.
Just a few more days before your surgery!! Good luck and a big congratulations on getting them done! Get prune juice ready!!!
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Thank you ginge! Im effervescent with excitement at the moment, its almost like a child a few days before xmas. I've got some prune juice now so hopefully im ready now, stomach and all..lol..omg its really only four days!! Yay!
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prune juice is very, very effective! much better than taking something artificial. i drank a glass with each meal for 24 hours after the surgery and had no problems. took it into hospital with me.
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Today's to do list

•Laundry
•Clean house
•Ironing
•Arrange kitchen and bathroom - get everything at waist height and within reach.
•Pedicure - won't be touching my toes post op.
•Full body wax - I let things slip and now I look like wolverine! Dont want to scare my ps..lol
•Rearrange closet - get all the clothes ill need post op to hand.
•Blitzing the house generally and eliminating and need to stretch, bend or over exert myself post op.
I think that will do for today..;-)
best not to get nail polish with the pedicure, you are usually told no nail polish as they look at your nails to see if enough oxygen is getting to your extremities during surgery. I love your list, looking forward to seeing tomorrow's list! On my list today my first post op swim, very excited.
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Thats so exciting! I love to swim but hate swim suits. Enjoy!!! Im so happy for you :-)
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Haha have fun. Sounds like your keeping busy. I did the same last week. I will have to do it all over again in a few weeks lol. How you feeling ? Xx
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Cannot believe it's almost time!

I have been sooo busy the last few days I haven't been able to update my review. My house is prepped, bags packed and im ready. My awesome best mate is coming with me on the day...he is my rock and has been so supportive throughout this process. Im expected at the hospital for 8am on Fri but I have no idea the exact time ill go in. I saw my fantastic GP yesterday and she prescribed me the Kelocote silicone gel so that has saved me a small fortune as these gels and sheets are really expensive in the uk...yay! also got a few extra gadgets to help me around the house post op a handi grabber, a shower stool for my wetroom, a v shaped neck pillow and hot/cold packs. My plan is for tomorrow to be a chilled day with minimal rushing around...fingers crossed
Good luck with your surgery! Hope you love your results as much as I love mine! It's lovely not having to shop at speciality stores! Looking forward to hearing from you when you make it to the small side :)
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Thank you kah88 for your support im so excited and full of nervous energy I haven't stopped moving since 5 this morning...lol see you on the small side :-)
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Wishing you the best of luck. X
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Tomorrow is the big day!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the lovely ladies who have supported, encouraged, and generally cheered me up during the last few weeks! I've been overwhelmed by the kindness you've shown myself and each other, I dont think I could have gotten through this without you all. Tomorrow is the big day! I will update my review asap...see you all on the smaller side xxx
Hope you are healing well wishing you a speedy recovery. Please let us all know how you are.
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Good luck tomorrow! You are going to do great!
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We will be waiting for your updates, the very best of luck you will be thrilled with the results
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scary night massive haematoma and blood clot!

Last night was the scariest night of my life! I had to be rushed back to theatre at 3am this morning, right breast swollen to three times its normal size and as hard aa rock :-( they immediately rushed me down reopened right breast removed a 3lb clot washed it out and located and tied off the vessel that was bleeding. Feeling much better but still quite shaken up ill share the deets about my actual surgery once im a little stronger.
Hi how are you doing? You have been in my thoughts all weekend xx
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Its been rough hun and im still in hospital. Thanks for thinking of me xxxx
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I know chick you have had such a bad time. But it looks like it was totally worth it. The girls look amazing !! When are you going home ?? Xxx
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hello from the smaller side!

Its been a difficult time and im still in hospital with drains in each breast. The day of surgery I arrived at 8 a.m was called in put in a gown and surgical stockings, the surgeon came through and marked me up and we had a nice chat about my surgery. She had another surgeon double checked my skin quality due to my Eds and was given the ok to have surgery. I was not called for until 1.30pm making it a long hungry day! Although it's been a difficult journey I don't regret it and cant fault the care I have received.
*bed..lol
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I can't wait to start enjoying the girls at the moment my focus is on recovering and getting home to my own ged
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you are looking great, bad luck about the clot, but that is behind you now. you will really start to enjoy your result in a week or two.
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making progress

Im still in hospital but I got my drains out last night....phew what a relief so much more comfortable. That's the good news! Bad news is my hemoglobin was really low so ive had two units of blood over yhe last 6 hrs and im still not able to keep any food or water down. On a happier final note im happy, happy i did it, happy with the results and can already feel a marked difference in my neck and shoulder pain! Although it's been eventful and painful I have no regrets so far. My bras annette by renolife are fantastically supportive, comfortable and easy to get on and off sooo glad I spent the extra and bought them, my ps and nurses have said they're the best bras they've seen, im rough

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Im roughly a 34d-dd and the large I bought fits very well.
As a surgery nurse, I understand what you must have gone through! You are looking mahhhvelous dahhhling! So glad you are doing better and past the roughest part. Hang in there! It took me 20 years to finally do it. In my profession I have seen too much so I was afraid and didn't want to rock the boat. I finally took that plunge on march 3 and so happy I did. You are going to love the new you!!! I will be sending you warm and happy thoughts for an uneventful speedy recovery! xoxoxoxoxo Cheers from the US!!
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You are very kind Mawbell3 thank you for your kind words of support and congrats on taking the plunge after everything you have seen. Happy and speedy recovery to you too. Xxx
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They look amazing! I am glad you are doing better. Scary about the clot. I am one day pre-op and reading these reviews is helping calm my nerves. But, your new breast look fab!
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Im home! yay me!

I was finally discharged today and settling in well at home, it feels so good. My ps has seen the girls today and is very happy with my progress so I had a massive prescription written, dressings changed tgen sent home. I cannot believe it's been a week already. Im still sore especially on the right and they are both still quite swollen but im really happy with how they look and how my neck and shoulders feel. Ill update photos later feeling quite tired right now.
Aww glad you're home and doing well, make sure you rest, do nothing at all :) I keep making the mistake of doing stuff so it's setting me back in healing so make sure you let them rest lol xxx
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Rest, I am so glad to hear that you are doing well, you look great
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Great news that you are home, take it easy and you will heal beautifully.
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slightly oozing but doing well

So I enjoyed a fantastic weekend with my family. Mum, sisters and nephew all came over lots of laughs. Had to have a little help in the shower etc but otherwise doing ok pain wise only major issue is constipation...sigh but ive dropped the codeine for oxycodone and that seems to be improving things, I am oozing quite alot on the right breast right at the junction of the incisions under the breast so im using liners to absorb that and letting it air every now and again, the right is also slightly bigger I hope they will even out as the swelling goes down. Everyone thinks the girls look great but I think they're...I dont even know!..sigh...I suppose when the bruising and swelling goes down they'll be prettier. Im still struggling with eating and keeping it down so the hospital kindly sent a prescription for Omeprazole over to my GP which was delivered today I hope this helps because right now I feel more weak from not eating that actual pain from surgery, although I do get the odd zinger which makes me jump. I know I have to take it easy but im probably the most impatient person in the world I just want to be healed already and the girls to look pretty...but this is a marathon not a sprint!
Awww thank you ladies that has cheered me up! I think I was having one of those 'what have I done!' Days...And been a bit worried about these new sensations and oozing...im clear now that it is part of the process. Big hugs to you all xx
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I had those day's too ! I told Kevin to just go out to the Garage and get the Chain Saw and get rid of them ! Feels kinda like we get beat Up - and Texas Chansaw Masacure - when we LQQK in the Mirror ! I wonder if the Sadness or Crying - has anything to do with our Hormones ? If a BR has anything to do with them ? Still Curious.
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I looked at the calendar this morning and its approaching that time...so maybe you are right wendy and its hormones. Im not a person to cry or get emotional about things but I just cant seem to stop..another thing is the confinement I'm used to my freedom and independence. Im going to try and go for a drive today see how I get on. Big hugs and happy healing xx
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worried :-(

Im worried about my right breat and the hard mass along the incisions im also oozing more yellow stuff and im too scared to go to the doctor incase they say something is wrong, ive already had too much go wrong. My left nipple has no sensation at all which ive read is normal but I feel really sad nothing is going right...am I wrong to want one thing to go right? I don't know what to do and all my helpers have gone back to their lives so ive been on my own all week. Im due to have my dressings changed on Fri but im not sure I want to go or to show them to anyone. Everyone elses results look great, I feel very very sad and I cant stop crying.
I think your Size and Outcome is very nice ! You look FANTASTIC ! I got the BROMELAIN for the Swelling from the Health Foods Store and it is a MIRACLE Cure for the Swelling ! I'm 4 weeks out today - so you will have a LOT of Changes to go thru ! But Your Size and shape looks really good !
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Awwwww I hope you feel better soon... if it's any consolation, I'm past four weeks now and I still have one spot that's open and oozing a little bit, but it's just fine. As long as nothing is red/puffy/inflamed, you are probably good. I have a hard mass at the bottom of one of my breasts too... isn't visible but I can feel it; I think you have to trust that your body will work these things out. And lastly, believe me when I say things look scary for a lot of people for many many days... I bet that suddenly, things will take a turn for the better. Hang in there and know that it it WILL get better!
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Bless you I really needed to hear that! :-) im feeling alot calmer this morning after a good nights sleep. Big hugs and happy healing xx
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photo update

Feeling a little better today. Had to take a small dose of painkillers after a failed attempt at driving...didn't make it off the drive way lol...I did go for a short walk in search of cake which totally paid off...yum lemon drizzle cake! Had quite a few zingers especially around the nipple but all in all an okay day :-)
You are doing great. a little walk each day is a good thing and so is lemon drizzle cake!!! Yum.
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Stop being so hard on yourself, indulge, take it easy give your body a chance. Rest is the best healer. Looking forward to hearing about your proress
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Aww didn't dee your update yesterday chick . Glad your feeling a bit better today. You have been through so much so it's ok to feel like you do. Big hugs and they look great xx
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:-D big smiles

Dressing clinic today

Great appointment at the dressing clinic today, the nurse Diane was amazing reassured me that the hard lumps are slight necrosis and general swelling but there weren't any pockets of blood or signs of further haematoma. I had all my steri strips changed and a new kind of dressing called Aquacel which turns to jelly when moistened and doesn't stick to the wound like gauze does...I had problems with that before...it will be easier to now manage the oozing. Incisions are healing really well especially as I have EDS, nearly zero pain today but I have a high pain threshold anyway just a little stingy when the steri strips came off. All in all an awesome day! Going to start taking Arnica for the bruising and swelling fingers crossed.
Any comments or suggestions regarding goin bra less for awhile this evening? im feeling a little hot and itchy but laughing my arse off at Corrie...blinding episode tonight :-)
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Try to get yourself some of the BROMELAIN from a Health Food Store for the Swelling ! It just about SAVED ME ! Mine came in Capsules and it is 500 MG and you take 3 to 4 a day - BETWEEN Meals .
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Oh yes!!! Holland and Barrett sell it in the UK.
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slight opening

Slight opening under the right breast but im on top of it with the new dressing...a little hard for me to look at but at least I know its no big deal. Wasnt able to drive this weekend all the bouncing did me no favors especially as I stopped pain meds a few days ago, so im still taking Arnica and as soon as im mobile ill pick up some Bromelain. :-D
Totally normal - I had that after my 30 day post-op checkup and tape removal. I used antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) and changed the dressings daily. It took me 5 weeks to be comfortable in the car. Now I don't even notice the bumps or seatbelt. You're doing a great job!
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Aww thanks retrograde I think now ive detoxed all those God awful drugs they pumped into me im feeling less emotional and more positive. I hope things are well with you? Xx
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Very well thanks! It seems like my surgery was years ago. I forgot to mention this earlier, but my sister (a nurse) told me as long as the oozing from the opening is yellow or clear, no need to worry. If it gets green, black, or bloody again, make sure to call your doctor as those signs suggest infection. It sounds like you're through the worst though. You'll be feeling better each day.
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small update today

My nipples are really sensitive to everything showering, clothes temperature although the left is still numb its a really wierd inner sensitivity and along the vertical incisions and each nipple reacts separately one hard one not...not painful but sensitive making me laugh all the time...oh and they are softening and giggling too now :-D
Sounds like a party going on in your bra, ha ha! mine are both responsive but only 1 has feeling so far.
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Hahaha! Peediewife you kill me! That's the best way to put it :-D
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Aww hehe, mine are similar, one has fully sensitivity,( not as over sensitive as before) but still plenty, the other reacts to everything and I can feel around it but not on the nipple, I do wonder if feeling will ever come back :D xxx
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36DD first new bras

I went out for the first time since surgery today, I had to drive with a cushion over my chest its still a bit sore but it was wonderful to be in the real world again. I bought my first sports bras today in a 36DD and its fits perfectly it's like a dream. I cant ever remember being this size or this happy, I even tried on a camisol and was totally blown away it fit! And everything was in the right place. I cant wait to go proper bra shopping. Boobie update the right is still slightly bigger and more swollen than the left and and still oozing. The skin on both is really dry and flaky so im using bio oil to massage them but avoiding the incisions.

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Looking fab so exciting xx
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Hay juicy been awhile...thanks hunny im feeling great for once, even though I dislocated my shoulder yesterday...lol. how are things with you? Xx
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Sorry for late reply. Yes things are good thanks. It's my surgery on wed so feeling really nervous again I'm just praying all will go ok this time. I'm more nervous this time xx hope things are still good with you xx
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Itch, itchy, itching!

Omg I must look like I have lice! Lol and the strange thing is its not the incisions that itch but the rest of the boobie. Bio oil is helping the dryness but ive no idea what to do about the itch...also the opening on the right breast is closing up nicely and changing to a normal colour, I still havent seen my incisions yet as im covered in steri strips still but they look very neat from the gap and what I can see. New sports bra is legendary so comfortable and more supportive than the surgical bra. Ive got a dressing clinic appointment tomorrow so update again after.
Ooh looking fab, love the sports bra, where is it from? Glad you are feeling better xxx
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Thanks curlygirl! The bra I found by chance in Sainsburys at only £10 I cant believe how comfy it is no digging in or rolling up and it comes in lower than my incisions. And the great price meant I could buy two! :-D xx
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take antihistamine allergy pills to damp down the itching, lovely bra, where did you buy it????
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Dressing Clinic worried about lump

Ive been for my appointment at the hospital today and saw my incisions for the first time they are so neat and healing wonderfully, obviously the right is taking longer because it had two surgeries. And both are still very swollen. There are a few hard painful spots on the right breast that they are worried about...sigh and a registrar came and had a look, he said its still quite early since surgery and it may just be swelling and scar tissue but he wants me to come back next thurs to check on it. The lovely nurse then replaced all my steri strips and covered the open area with Aquacel. Back home now and going to have to take some painkillers, im feeling quiet sore after all that poking and prodding and a two hour round trip. :-/
Sounds like you are doing well and making good progress! Yay! :) I bought some bras this weekend at 36DD as well, and while most people probably think that is huge, I was thrilled, lol. Also I still have hard spots in one of my breasts at almost 6 weeks, BUT I have noticed that they are slowly getting noticeably smaller. I hope yours will do the same!
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I know right 36DD is some ladies start point but when we started up in the FF-G this is tiny! Im still very swollen so we probably end up a D yay!
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sleeping on my back is becoming a pain

So ive been sleeping in bed propped up since I got home from hospital and its literally becoming a pain, my lower back and backside are so sore. Ive also started to roam in my sleep and woke up on my side last night which hurt soooo much! It felt like I had a knife in my chest, I cannot do that again! This weekend I got my first period since surgery and the girls have swollen up and become super sensitive, the best way to describe it is like stinging pins and needles and really uncomfortable so ive had to start wearing my surgical bras again as they're soft and dont rub. My incisions are doing really well, no new openings and the one existing is closing up well. Im doing well physically but getting really bored of the fatigue, and not feeling myself. The only thing keeping my sanity in tact is my homestudy language course.

photos 24 days post

I found some comfort fit bali bras omg they are awesome!! Kayjay so happy to see you are doing well!! You have been in my thoughts and prayers!! I'm so happy with my new girls!! I know you are!
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Thank you mawbell so have you! I was thinking of you when your message came through. How are you doing? :-D
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Doing great!!! Wish we all lived close we'd have a new girls party!!!
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four weeks post surgery. wow!

I had my last dressing clinic appointment yesterday I had all the steri strips removed and the girls look great. The nurse was really happy with my progress and how well my incisions have closed, she said I should use bio oil for the next two weeks and then I can start using silicone gel if I want too. This is the first time since surgery that they've been undressed for want of a better word, and I love how they look and feel. My incisions are a little sore I think because they are unsupported for the first time since surgery but otherwise great. Ive been cleared to start building up my exercise...yay! I have an appointment with my surgeon next week it should have been at six weeks but shes so busy we have to do its a week early, I hope she is as happy. The only negative is the bio oil and Cosmopor adhesive dressing caused a reaction and sore under my left breast. Im in love with my new girls!!!
can I ask you what you thought of your renolife surgical bras? I'm having a reduction in July and looking for advice on good surgical bras thanks
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Sure, I got my renolife bras from Amazon £44.99 for two. They are amazingly comfortable and adjust with swelling, im still wearing them four weeks post op :-D
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You look great, let them out to watch the tv in the fresh air each evening as you do your bio oil. mine particularly like detective dramas!
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surgical bra....aahhhhh

So at last the girls really feel like their mine...sounds strange but with all the aches and strange sensations they felt like a foreign body, not quite part of me, if that makes any sense. The one or should I say three items I bought that have saved me world of discomfort are my bras. Ive tried the ahhh bra which was ok for the first two weeks but wasnt supportive enough for my new 36dd as they started to soften around week three and become quite sensitive. My sports bra was fine from week two when out and about, but very restrictive for all day. My go too bra for all occasions has been my surgical bra, im wearing it as I post this update. Ive worn them since the day of surgery until now Its as light as air..seriously it doesn't feel like your wearing a bra! Its very supportive even now my girls are much less swollen, and softer. The cup adjusts with the swelling and reduction afterwards, but the back and sides are woven differently and offer seam free support. I only really change out of them long enough to wash them...lol Disclaimer: I am not endorsing or selling any product, company or brand all of the above named products have paid a good part in my recovery and I was asked to share my personal experience. :-D
Over the head bras are not good at first as they make you do things with your arms that are not safe immediately post op, the front opening surgical bra is ideal. I have a lovely royce silver one and am going to have days when I slob round the house in yoga pants and wear the royce bra as it is so comfortable. There main issue for me just now is that wire free bras mostly have a stiffener at the sides, and that is where i still have some swelling. Sometimes it gets a bit sore. I imagine when your swelling goes down you will be back to a 34 band, I have gone from wearing 38D to finding that 36DD fits me best.
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I am getting smaller by the day so no doubt ill reach my target size of 34D. I too still have swelling at my sides and the world of wirefree bras is a tricky one. Many have back fastenings, stiffeners and super strong fabric thats no good on my incisions just trying them on was super painful. So I have found the surgical bras to be simpler and more comfortable.
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You really do look good ! Glad you are healing nicely ! I TRIED to try some Bras on at Walmart ! Could have been on Funniest Home Video's ! The Ones that were over the head - I stepped into - but was really way too FUNNY ! I'll have to stick to a Hooked Style !
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5 Weeks PO! doesn't time fly :-D

I had my first appointment with my surgeon since leaving hospital, and its all good news. My incisions are healing wonderfully dispite my Eds, she was very happy. Ive been cleared to start building up my exercise but no high impact but that suits me fine as my knees and hips dont support running or pounding about. The oozing has stopped and the opening that was has closed. There are a few sutures working there way out of the lefty but no worries im just trimming the ends off as they appear, she did pull one out while I was there but it was completely painless just a little oozing from the necrosis afterwards. I have no pain now just the odd zinger and the incisions at my sides are tender so I still cant sleep on my sides yet but that will come in time. My only complaint is the itching oh my its annoying but so far ive done well not to scratch. The new love in my life is a smoothie maker...loving it and loving my girls, I cant stop looking at them in every reflective surface lol and ive also lost 1kg this week woohoo! Ive also become obsessed with bras and cant stop looking at them online havent purchased any since my sports bras but think it may be time to get a few regular wirefree bras...?? This was definitely the best decision ever just a shame I waited and suffered so long. :-D
Aww yay, so glad you are all healed up and enjoying them yay so happy for you, time sure does fly, it is so funny, before boob job we must have all done so much to cover up and hide them and now it's like a new amazing shiny toy that you can't help play with hahaha I meant dress up and keep looking at hehehe xxx
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Ooops I forgot the photos :-D

Looking great!!! Your shape is awesome too!
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Thanks summer, when I first had surgery I wasnt convinced about the shape and if they were lifted enough...but as the weeks go by im feeling happier and happier as the girls look natural and not at all worked on, I don't want anyone staring at my chest in wonder again :-D
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they look wonderful, just take an allergy tablet to tone down the itching
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yay me! swimwear time :'(

Just a quick update. I went shopping yesterday and tried on a tankini top... with no inner bra or support what so ever! First time since I was 11...yay me! Ive got a few pounds to drop but it still looked great...there were actual tears of joy and I came out of my cubicle and had a strut up and down the changing room. Makes a huge difference from tears of despair and woe. :-D
You are looking great! I love your blue sports bra. It looks very comfortable. What brand is it?
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Hay coloradolady that sports bra is just a generic supermarket one...I purchased it from Sainsburys and it is really comfortable :-D
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Yay you! I have a pic in a tankini top on my review and hope to be sunbathing in it within the next few days as I am in Crete! Got slightly sunburned shoulders a couple of days ago from walking around in a HALTER NECK TOP WITHOUT A BRA. Thought I'd shout that out loud!!!!!
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Kelocote silicone gel

I've started to apply silicone gel to my incisions this week, the brand im using is Kelocote its very easy to apply being a gel and smells pretty good, they say once dried iy waterproof and we can apply sunscreen, makeup etc over it which is good. My only problem is applying the right amount, I would say less is definitely more otherwise it never dries, I put too much on the first time and ended up a sticky mess and had to reshower because hours later it still wasnt dry...lol. Now ive got it right and I dont know if its in my head but my incisions are looking better already...ill keep you all updated :-D
Hi. What size are you now?
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Hi 4betterme! Apologies for the late reply ive just been super busy! Im currently a 34DD. Xx
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You look great! You must be very happy.
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9 1/2 weeks and doing well!

Hay ladies ive been dealing with alot recently and got behind on my updates...sorry. im currently doing really well and feeling great, I have had a few ups and downs tho, firstly ive had to stop using the silicone gel as I was very allergic and had a nasty reaction...word to the wise, do a patch test before applying all over...so im sticking with bio oil. Another down was the naughty right breast started producing pus from the incisions around the nipple I was really freaked out but a week of careful management sorted that out. My scars are doing really well, not so pink and tender although the one's under the breast have become quite dark but they are hidden so no big deal. Ups are im happy with the shape and symmetry, neck pain has disappeared and standing taller and straighter and not having to constantly fix and adjust myself in my clothes...yay! If I could change anything I think I would have liked them to be more lifted. It could just be in my head, ive never had normal looking breasts so only have others to compare to but to me they seem a little droopy still, im probably just being crazy..lol

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Sorry ladies don't know where my head is.. lol.. I forgot the photos and its 10 1/2 weeks now not 9! Duh...
Yah! Your beautiful boobs made me smile. What a gorgeous result. I'm 7 days post op, and can hardly wait to write my 10 week post op update!
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Thank you for your review! Thank you so much. We indeed have had similar starts. I have Raynauds..so I am worried about healing due to my narrow blood vessels..but seeing how great you look at 10 weeks, I know I've just got to be patient. You look great!
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I think you are looking great! I too wonder if I could have been lifted a bit more...but I think you look fabulous!
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Dr Helen McEvoy

My surgery was NHS funded, that aside my care has been brilliant from my initial assessment, through the funding process all the way to surgery. I cant fault Ms McEvoy her staff or the hospital staff at St Thomas'. I had experienced problems post surgery and the after care has been fantastic I have a phone number to call if I had any problems and was able to contact the hospital ward directly even after I was discharged, all my follow up appointments were made in a timely fashion. I cant recommend this surgeon or hospital more highly.

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