Nervous...excited? - Minnesota

I'm 26 years old with 36DDD to 38DD breasts. I...

I'm 26 years old with 36DDD to 38DD breasts. I weigh about 200 lbs at present and love to be active and excersize. Due to my big girls, I have excersize induced asthma, etc...This size of my large breasts has plagued me since I was 15 years old. I developed early and have had stress dealing with them since then. Due to the large size of my breasts, I have dealt with numerous back issues as well as rashes etc. with no full relief. I was very excited to have surgery until I went to my pre-op appointment today and the doctor and nurse reiterated that the insurance requres 500 g removed per side. I got a bit nervous about this, but then remembered the consult where the Dr. mentioned he thought I'd end up with a C cup, which would be my ideal goal. I sure hope they can make that happen. My main concern is that they can't guarentee that I will have back relief or what size I will be after...and there is no turning back the clock after the procedure is done...I guess my ultimate fear is that they will turn out too small in proportion to my body and that it won't provide the back pain relief I was looking for...but I keep thinking how could it not? Just a little nervous, but not willing to throw in the towel on the only light at the end of the tunnel I've had in regards to this issue in years...I want my body and independence back!

Thank you for the feedback ladies, it has really helped me mellow and come to terms with my upcoming surgery.
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Hi Hopeful! Glad you found us. Thanks for your review. I was a 34H before surgery and after having almost 500 gm removed from each side, I was still a 34DD. I've actually gone back for some lipo to try to make them smaller. I wanted to be a C cup. From most people I hear that are a bit dissatisfied with their size it is more because they wish they had gone smaller, not the other way around. Even with that being the case for me I can tell you that I'm thrilled I had it done. I feel like a completely different person. I'm running and exercising for the first time in my life and I just feel "normal" It truly is a wonderful thing!
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Welcome Hopeful!!! We are almost the same accept my breasts my be a bit larger than yours. I too am 26 and I have been busty since I was in middle school and by the time I graduated high school, I was a D cup @ 118. My PS is going to remove at least 500g from each and will lipo the sides under my arms. I will be having Sat 28 Apr. Please feel free to check out my story and the other women on here as well. Ask all questions imaginable, we'll do our best to help you along the way. I feel super comfortable here and am so thankful that I found this site and these wonderful ladies for support! Again welcome and I pray the best for you on your BR journey!

PS. I plan on reiterating the size I want before I go in, that way it'll be fresh in his mind...lol
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Tomorrow is the day! 5:45 AM just called for the...

Tomorrow is the day! 5:45 AM just called for the surgical listing. Very nervous! I hope I like the results. I was very nervous up until this point, but am now just ready to get it done...I sure hope this was the right choice for me.
Alright Hopeful! Your turn now! Praying that your surgery and recovery goes smooth and speedy! Praying for the best! Take care and update us after you are well rested and not so loopy! Lmbo! You'll be loopy!
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This is it, Hopeful! Wishing you the very best and can't wait to hear from you when you feel like updating! Hugs and prayers for you!
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Well I made it through...he said we got the C cup...

Well I made it through...he said we got the C cup I was hoping for! He used a short scar technique where there isn't the large anchor underneath and once the nasty anesthesia wore off, I have next to no pain. I'm so happy. The tug on my neck is gone...however, I only have sensation in one nipple for now...hope that changes. I'm ecstatic and will be discharged to home in a frw hours :)

Yay! Thanks for updating and letting us know! Now give yourself plenty of time to rest and heal and when you feel up to it check back in and keep us posted on your progress.
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Hey Hopeful! I'm so glad that you are doing well! I really hope that the sensation comes in that nipple, I hear that it can take a while. You got yourself some C's and I'm soooooo happy for you! It's such an instant relief for most of us! You rest up and update when you can, but surely take care of yourself and heal up lady! Congrats to you!
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Day 4. For the last few days I've been extremely...

Day 4. For the last few days I've been extremely tired with all the healing so I haven't been doing much but sleeping and baby walks in between. Days 2 and 3 were pretty rough. Any painkiller other than Tylenol makes me vomit so I've been just kind of dealing with the pain. Everything is very sore and tight today like it's really healing up but that makes it hard to do much of anything without tugging at the stitches..oh and my neck has really been bothering me...I think from spending so much time sitting/laying on my back...that part kind of stinks but hoping as I heal it goes away...

I have my first shower yesterday, that was by far the worst. Seeing and smelling everything was much too much for me and I almost fainted/vomited, but made it through...I don't have drains, but one side has an incision that is still oozing a bit but I had my mom look and she said it looks like it is healing very nicely...I will post pics later when i feel up to it...due to the short scar technique the surgeon used, they look very high right now and will drop down, but I think they will look very nice when all is said and done....back to relaxing for now...
I have my BR scheduled for mid June. I just wanted to tell all of you that you're amazing. Your strength and courage to go through this process is truly commendable. I have heard that it's really not that tough of a recovery if you listen to your doctor and body. Is that true? Still considering to maybe back out!!!!! I AM SUCH A COURAGE! YIKES!
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COURAGE SHOULD READ "COWARD."
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Sounds to me like you are doing exactly what you are suppose to be doing right now...rest...rest...rest! Keep it up and in another couple of days you will really start to notice that you are feeling better. Good luck!
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Day 5...no real changes...feeling more and more...

Day 5...no real changes...feeling more and more like myself as the days go by. Today I'm feeling less sleepy and sore so that's good. I will have to reign myself in so I don't overdo it. Hopefully shower #2 goes better today and I've quit draining as much. I'm a little nervous to take the ace bandage off as things have healed much more and now any movement tugs at my stitches so that is a little hard....bending over to do just about anything results in a scary tug, but I'm sure this too will pass...icing my neck has been helping and as much rest as possible...might try a little outting or something today :)

Maybe get some pics up soon, but they look scary...Dr. said they will look like torpedos until they drop, he wasn't kidding!
Thanks for the support everyone...rest is the answer, but very hard for me as I'm a runner and overall busy-body. Working full time and going to school part time for my MBA and this has reallly taken it out of me, but I know I need the rest to heal and work and school are both very supportive, so I should really treasure the time off...


Sandrina...I would tell you thanks for the confidence and words of courage, but I will tell you, I was terrified, up until the PS placing the markings on my skin...but I had very supportive family and a boyfriend that is beyond supportive.

I would tell you to read a lot on this site and read especially Kate30's post from Day 8. While I'm not there yet in my recovery, I hope to be and her post is one of the things that helped me come to terms with my decision. That, and super scared, I asked my BF the night before if I was doing the right thing...what if it didn't help? His response floored me...basically how could it not? He knew that this was the only light at the end of the tunnel I'd had in regards to my pain in years and he wants me to be happier in all respects...

I can say that the tug at my neck is gone...even tho it's sore from sitting, but I think that will get better....the pain is not bad at all...I've been taking extra strength tylenol since day 2 home...Do your research, get the proper PS, and think things through. You and your body will be able to decide what's right for you...hope this helps
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Days 6 and 7 were a bit rough. I was having some...

Days 6 and 7 were a bit rough. I was having some issues with breathing and being asthmatic it scared me. I went in to see my primary care and to err on the side of caution, had a chest CT to rule out a blood clot as my symptoms were somewhat abnormal, sweating, rapid heartbeat etc...but alas, after a little freak out and a few trips to the hospital, which is unfortunately 45 minutes away, I'm fine....until today.

Day8. I have a ton of itching, which I expected, however, around the left nipple there is a bit of a red spot that is radiating out that is making me a bit nervous...I'm watching it to see if it's just ready from the itching or possible infection. I've had cellulitis before and I'm concerned with that :( Might call tomorrow to see if I can have it looked at just in case, I feel like I'm being a hypochondriac, but after all...these are my boobs/nipples and I've gotten this far, I don't want to risk having anything bad happen! Although my experiences are far from ideal, I'm happy to share...

Other than that...my energy levels have been all over the place, yesterday was pretty good, this morning also good and then I had lunch with a friend and during and after that I was feeling drained. I need to keep telling myself that I need to have equal parts rest/work right now and I'm not good at that. In a way I feel ready to be back at work, but then another day ends an I'm happy I wasn't there because it would have really pooped me out. Thankfully, I have another week off if I need it.

Day 9 ...got in to see the plastic surgeons...

Day 9 ...got in to see the plastic surgeons assistant and it turns out it is cellulitis or staph of the skin so I started antibiotics for the next 10 days...ugh. Hoping it works bc this is a fairly dangerous infection! I'm scared but trying to keep my cool... There was no pain before but seems to be some now at the infection site so I hope the antibiotics start working soon so I can quit being paranoid about anything and everything...trying to rest now.

I don't think you can ever be too careful! You are right...this is your body and you need to check out anything that is concerning to you. It would be better to make a wasted trip to the doctor than to not go and have something be wrong. Good luck and let us know what you find out!
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Day 10 thought I'd give an update and some pics......

Day 10 thought I'd give an update and some pics....the cellulitis infection seems to be getting better throughout the day...downside, the antibiotic is very strong and makes me tired and a bit dizzy at times :*( and I have to take it 4 times a day...I've also had a temp of 99 to 99.3 but I attest that to my body and the antibiotic fighting the infection...I was told to go back/call if I get a fever over 101 or the infection area seems to spread, which isn't the case, I just hope my body starts reacting to the antibiotic in a more favorable way so I can enjoy my progress thus far, but it's only 10 days I guess....I'm sick of the couch!...and I have to take the antibiotic for 10 days. Hoping things look up soon....
Thanks everyone...I'm really starting to feel better...I like that...I haven't seen my ribcage in years!
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Hopeful, good job taking care of yourself. I know if this happens to me, I'll be able to think "hopeful kept taking herself to the doctor so don't be a weenie - go!" And I agree, your breasts look great and so does your ribcage, which you can now enjoy!
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Hi hopeful, sorry that you've had an eventful recovery, I really hope and pray that your body takes to the antibiotics and that you start feeling better! Time has already flown since your surgery, your course of antibiotics will be over before you know it, and you'll be feeling well. Your breasts look great by the way, get you some rest, even after you start to feel better!
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Day 14 - Update. Thing have been going much...

Day 14 - Update. Thing have been going much better, the slight 99.2-4 temp I had is gone and the infection seems to be almost gone as well...only a few more days on the nasty antibiotic! Yay! I had a great day yesterday, got my hair done and went to watch a softball game, but today I tell you man am I pooped...the lethargy is still there if I have a busier day. I was hoping to maybe go in to work tomorrow for a few hours, but am now going to play it by ear based on how tired I am today! Thankfully, my supervisor is flexible and only wants me back when I'm feeling up to it.

The girls shape is great and the pain on the left side is really dissapating as well, not sure if it was the infection or just healing...everything is looking good...a little bit of back pain just due to sitting so much, but hoping once i get back to the gym, this goes away...I'm also ready to get out of this ACE wrap and into another type of bra, we'll see what the appt Friday brings, last time they said everything, with the exception of the infection was healing very nicely...might take a nice nap today and take it easy.

So relieved that you are feeling better and the infection is on its way out! I think the fact that you feel like you can go to a ball game is a good sign. It will take some time to build your stamina back up, but you have to take baby steps before you can take leaps. Don't push yourself too hard!
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That's GREAT news Hopeful! Hope it's all smooth sailing for you from here on out. It's great that you don't have to go back to work until you're ready. Lots of time to rest and heal up - as crazy as that may be making you - lol! Let us know what your PS says on Friday. You look terrific!!!
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