I have felt very large in my chest since I was in...
However, I was destined to wait. Having gained 40 lbs between college and marriage, I knew I would want to thin out a bit before I took away the two things that camouflaged the weight gain. After two SLOW years of hard work, the weight was finally gone and I started hunting around for a surgeon. Once I decided on my surgeon the whole process went very smoothly. Unlike many other posters, dealing with my insurance company was very easy and they approved coverage for the procedure on the first review. The procedure was scheduled for April 19th and the countdown was on!
I had really done my research on breast reductions. For anyone that is considering this surgery, I think the best thing to do is find a good forum, like real self, and also watch you tube videos. I searched so obsessively that by the time the day finally arrived, I was felt more relieved than anything else.
I was nervous and excited the day of, but the whole medical staff was absolutely wonderful. They were relaxed, encouraging, and their whole demeanor just really calmed any nerves that I had. By the time I slipped on the operating table I was completely relaxed and before I knew it I was waking up in recovery. The first thought that went through my mind was "this is going to be a breeze"! I had my appendix rupture and removed two years earlier and it was a hard healing process; I was very ready and realistic about the amount of pain I would have, but I was very surprised at how little I felt in comparison. Of course everyone will respond to pain differently, but for anyone that is considering this surgery my experience is that the pain was entirely manageable.
My surgeon had told me to keep my post surgical bandages on for 24 hours. Once removed, take a shower and clean the area with a good anti-bacterial soap and put on freshly-cleaned clothes. I was really surprised when the bandages were removed; I was still taped up with steri-strips, but I was expecting to see what I have been referring to as "Frankenstein boobs". Not the case at all. I was definitely able to see what the end product could end up looking like.
I'm now two weeks post-op and am finally taking the time to post my review and pictures. I don't have any before pictures besides the ones the surgeon took, and those are currently not on hand - sorry. I'm to the point where my nerves are starting to wake up and am having a lot of sensitivity, but again, not anything that I can't handle.
Well, I'm now three weeks post op. I made it...
I've been having these great little moments when I realize how liberating it has been for me to loose some major girth off my bust. The other day I was at work and noticed I was slouching, so I decided to sit up . . . and it was so easy! And when I sit up, I don't feel like I'm pushing my chest way out like some bimbo trying to get attention. I didn't realize just how much strain was there. And the shopping has been amazing! I've gone bananas for blazers! I've never been able to wear them before because they looked completely wrong on me. If I found something that fit through my bust, it was huge in my waist. I know you can pay to have a blazer tailored, but it was hard to even imagine someone making a blazer look right on me before. I now own four and will probably purchase more in the near future! And my boobs are starting to feel like boobs again. They were so swollen and hard before that they felt completely fake. It's nice to feel them and know that they're going to be like a real breast. Week three has been very good!
I've been poking around a little bit and it seems...
My insurance covered most of the charges related...
Next follow up tomorrow!
I've also been really concerned about how my scarring is coming along. I look at some of the pictures on here and see some pictures of other people 5 weeks post op or less and the incisions that look really great are the ones that have been taped from the beginning. My surgeon told me in my first post-op appointment that the incisions will probably heal into ropey-looking scars at first, but will fade after time. He seemed very nonchalant about the scarring. My mother had a breast reduction about 5 years ago and she healed astoundingly well! I can't even see any scars from her surgery; not just that her scars are fine but it literally looks like nothing was ever done. So maybe because of that history he's not overly concerned. However, I had an appendectomy two years ago and I still have a noticeable scar from that; not over the top but it may be an indication that I will not heal nearly as well as my mother did. My mom said that all she did was massage the scars and use lotion and got her great results. I didn't do any kind of scar intervention on my appy incision.
My husband keeps reminding me that it's a long healing process. I know that it can take up to a year for you to look the way you're going to look, but I'm still worried. I feel like early scar intervention will yield the best results. It's still all been totally worth it, but I guess my vanity gets the better of me sometimes. . . .
He also stated I'm cleared for all exercise!!!!! So excited to go to one of my classes this week. I just need to only do what I can do.
Also, I found out how much was taken out during surgery; about 1 lb from each breast. If felt like more! And I also saw my before pictures and was surprised at how quickly I had forgotten what I looked like. Of course I've been spending a lot of time looking at the new knockers, so I guess seeing the old ones could be a surprise to anyone.
Bought my first real bras!!!!
Silicone Scar Strips
Well, anyway, I ended up going with the Scar FX post mastoplexy strips. They are anchor-shaped, self adhesive, and are very large which is great because you can trim them to the perfect size for your breast. And they stick very well. You're also able to wash them without them loosing their adhesive capabilities, which is very nice because they are kind of gnarly after 8 hours of wear. They've already helped though! Under my armpits, is where my scars were the most harsh . . . very rigid and raised. I've only been using the scar sheets for about a week now and they have really flattened out the scars. After seeing so many people taping after only a week I was so worried that waiting a month would mean that scar treatment would be less effective for me. Feeling very relieved and optimistic.
I finally got before pictures!!!
I still wake up every day feeling thrilled with getting to put on my new, smaller bras. I've even worn one of those support tanks for biking and it fits beautifully! For all the pain and angst I felt in making this decision, this will forever be one of the best decisions I've ever made!
Dr. Ruebeck was great! I talked to another surgeon before Dr. Ruebeck who was just arrogant and didn't really listen to me. Dr. Ruebeck is the polar opposite. He's very respectful, confident, and he's been voted one of the top doctors in the nation in his field by US News and World Report. His expertise definitely shows!