Booked the Date. REALLY Scared.. Funny After I've Been So Anxiously Awaiting - Minneapolis, MN

After years of waiting for insurance approval I am...

After years of waiting for insurance approval I am officially approved and on the scheduled. I finally got a call back today to start the process. I see the Dr. next Weds again to ask any last minute questions before the procedure. I am So scared that I feel my heart pounding out of my chest.

I have struggled with large breasts since I was in the 7th grade. I was that girl that would wear anything I could to smash them down and not get the attention, the cheerleader that squished them into her "one size fits all - except me" uniform, the runner that wears 3 sports bras to hold them in place and still got blisters, the mother whose babies had difficulty latching on to her large cantaloupe sized breasts and now the grown woman who just wants to wear her bikini without looking like a porn star and having women and men doubt they are "real" Really- ugh.
My breaking point.... a car accident 4 years ago leaving me with back pain now coupled with the large breasts = a runner who cant run and a mom always in pain.
I hope to still look like a woman with supple breasts. Im am scared to death of this procedure. Like literally anxiety since I read my approval letter.
My insurance is paying for the procedure - I need to cover the 20% and for the additional liposcution

Today I go in for my Preop appointment

I am excited to finally be going in and meeting with the Dr. with my specific questions. I thought this board would offer me solace and comfort but its been a mixed bag so far. The lipo board is full of great feedback on their results and the reduction board women are scaring the heck out of me saying dont do the lipo you'll regret it. More nervous now than when I came on here :(

A week from Monday... almost there!

I spent one day last week picking up everything I could think of that I need. I am trying to coordinate dinners for the kids, time my hubby will be here and when my best friend can come help. I Will be posting my before pics this week. You ladies that have posted theirs already are my heroes. Toughest thing to do is to focus a photo on areas of your body that you truly hate. UGH. I like to remember my body before kids and pretend this time in my life (body wise) didnt happen ;) I hope all my Nov. ladies are doing well.

Took a shower today :)

Day 3 was awful. I was swollen and hurt like heck. The spot under my arm hurt horribly. I am icing every 2 hours for 20 min and it seems to be helping. The size I'm at right now I'm happy with so far. Still to soon to tell. The one on the left is before and the right side is 4 days post op

Going to try to do a little work today

I have been getting up and around quite of bit for short periods of time. I am definitely more tired than I thought I would be. I have changed the bandages a couple times and they are nice and clean. The first time I did my bandage change I almost threw up. My breasts looked like fat yams - wrinkled and distorted. Today they look like perfect little breasts. They are starting to get a sensation in them now that I handnt felt yet. Just little twinges and the feeling like I have milk letting down into the breast. Strange feeling when your not breast feeding haha. I am a bit nervous to drive in my car today to say the least :( My step daughter will be doing the driving while I try and keep comfortable. I hope everyone is doing well. Ill post new pics after the weekend. :)

Day 5

I am one tired mess today. I way over did it the last two days. I was up from 1-6 showering and showing houses to clients then went to my daughters hockey game and showed more houses today. So as a result I am swollen like crazy! I feel like I have two water balloons under each arm and my boobs feel like they did when they were maximum capacity when I breast fed. UGH... Ice ice ice oh... and more ice

My first PO appointment

I went in this morning for my first Post Op appointment. She said everything looks good. I have a spot under my left breast that appears to be a little irritated and has some puss coming out. My surgeons PA said that it was normal and it was just the spot that my bra rubs on. I personally think it looks gross :)
I was given the green light to go without the gauze and to wear a different bra. Well needless to say after 2 hours I got right back into my surgical bra. I swelled up and my nipples felt like they were on fire. The little fruit of the loom bra may be great if you didnt have lipo under the arm, but if you had the lipo on your side under your arms.... put that bra on hold. OUCH. :(

laying back in bed after a trip to the dr and walmart wiped me out :(

3 weeks today

I have had an interesting couple of weeks. The open spot under my left breast progressively got worse Ill post pics. It started just an annoying spot and then it opened up and got really full of puss. I wasnt real happy about it. Tried several different things to kick the mess but finally 50/50 peroxide with a qtip and steri stips covering the area worked the best. I also took a shower every 3rd day and did a sponge bath to keep it dry. I put a pad in my bra to absorb the blood. It looks a ton better. Never a dull moment. My breasts are looking very even now. The left one just wants to cause me problems. :( I have complete faith it will be ok.

I still sleep on my back every night. I have found my shoulders hurting a lot lately which is a pain. I am looking forward to working out again soon!

Pics of hole under breast recovery

First pick shows how uneven they looked after one week. Swelling went down though :)

Week 3

Not a lot if change. Sore under left breast healing

4 weeks and 2 days

Went to my PO appointment yesterday. I have a hole below my left nipple and a bigger one at the base of the lollipop incision. Found out that I had dissolvable stitches that weren't dissolving and my body was trying to push them out. They are feeling better today. They pulled out the stitches. I just have to keep them dry and clean. Yes at the base of my sweaty boob. Hmmmmm interesting concept. He said over all they are healing nicely. I walked on the treadmill today for 35 min and it felt amazing excluding the spot under my left arm where I had lipo done. I just walked at an incline. Cant wait to wear normal bras and feel pretty again ;)

4 weeks and 2 days

Updated pics

Revision this Monday 4/28 not looking forward to it

My surgeon left some breast tissue under my right arm that I need to go back in and have removed. He is going to take out out with lipo along with some touch up on the lipo he did with the BR. I have been working out doing Crossfit and running so I am NOT looking forward to this set back but I know if I dont do it now I wont :( Send positive vibes

Revision

Revision went off without a hitch. I have started running again and am very happy with the finished product. I can wear swim suits now without the spillage and have more comfort when I run. Wow do I wish I had done this years ago. My car accident 5 years ago changed my life but I am finally on the mend :)
Dr. Cantwell

So far I like my Dr and his staff. They made me very comfortable. I was told to get someone that specializes in reconstructive surgery of breast cancer patients. He is an artist and amazing bedside manner.

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