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Ten Pounds of Jello in a Five Pound Bowl - Ontario, Canada

Thank you all so much for sharing all of your...

Thank you all so much for sharing all of your stories so honestly. I am so happy to have found this site. It has helped me so much. My consultation, after a 2 year wait, is this coming Monday, June 25th. Because I am Canadian and hope to have OHIP cover my surgery the wait time was very long. Only two surgeons here in my hometown do OHIP approved BR’s.

My story started out innocently enough. During grade school when the other girls were getting their cute little training bra’s I had nothing. Zip. I was SO jealous, making only small gains up until the end of my second year of high school. Weirdly over that summer I suddenly blossomed into a pretty full 36D cup without any other meaningful weight gain. Although I had longed for bigger breasts, I was unprepared for the amount of attention the “girls” were suddenly attracting. Instead of being proud of them it was then I started my life-long habit of trying to keep them concealed as much as possible.

When I breast fed my two boys people were telling me I would regret it because my breasts would be MUCH smaller when I was done. My youngest is 24 years old now and I am still WAITING for that to happen. In actual fact over the course of my two pregnancies I grew from a D cup to 38DDD. I had a back injury in high school where I fractured and compressed two discs in my lower back. For my first pregnancy I had the epidural and with the weight of my breasts when I was nursing (oh my goodness they were big when they were full of milk) my back went out for the first time and continues to be very problematic if I am not very, very careful.

When I hit menopause I tried the HRT to deal with my hot flashes. Although the HRT worked really well I could not continue on with it because I had a small stroke like issue. The girls, however, had grown into an 38 H cup. Even though I had quit the hormones and despite losing some weight, they remained the same size. My physiotherapist told me that going forward I should always wear two bras at the same time. That helped a little bit with the strain but is miserably uncomfortable AND expensive.

I was now having huge issues with my back as well as shoulders and neck. Just like most of you I have a constant rash, shoulder indentations, headaches, neck pain, back spasms etc. My physiotherapist, because my back was out once again, suggested that I consider a BR so I asked my GP for the referral. At this point no amount of strengthening exercises were helping and it is weight vs. gravity. Sometimes, when I am trying to get to sleep the size of them makes it very hard to breathe as well and my arms and hands fall asleep.

I had not really given much deep thought to my appointment over the two years as it seemed like such a long time in the future. However, in the last 3 weeks it has been the only thing I have been thinking about and my nerves have popped to the surface. I had done some research on the clinical side of a BR but decided to do some more investigation into what happens to real women and that is what led me, thankfully, to this site.

Emotionally though I am all over the place. Alternatively I am worried that OHIP will turn me down I have put on some weight over the last two years and now my girls look like 10lbs of Jello in a 5lb bowl in my current bra’s (one boob is bigger than the other so getting the fit right is near to impossible) so I am afraid my BMI might be too high. I am fretting that I am making a mistake, that I am wasting the surgeon’s time if I go the appointment and then decide to chicken out, that if I go ahead my significant other will not find me desirable any more. Don’t get me wrong – he is very supportive but this is a guy that kisses me goodnight and then kisses the GIRLS goodnight. He has made me feel a lot better about how I feel about myself and my body and to love myself for who I am. He says I need to do whatever I should for my health but I sometimes feel that since 6th grade my entire self image has been tied up with what is going on with my cleavage and that I am going to have nothing but psychological problems going forward. In fact, some of the people who I have told about my appointment actually say that to me. It has unearthed a lot of issues that I thought I had dealt with but clearly I had just pushed down. When I look down at the girls they look full and pretty – when I see photographs of myself I cannot believe how big and overwhelming they are. They are kind of like the iceberg that hit the Titanic – I can only see the very tip when I look down and it doesn’t look like much of a problem but in all other ways they are devastating.

And I am afraid of the surgery itself. I have had my gall bladder out (about 25 years ago) and had a really hard time with the anesthesia. I didn’t know until reading some of your stories that you can speak to the anesthesiologist about that but still worried about a bad reaction. Afraid I won’t be able to handle the pain. Afraid the outcome will not be good. Afraid they will be still too big; more afraid that they will be too small and I will look even more like a freak of nature. More or less just plain afraid.

I have met 3 people now in person who have had this done. Two girls have terrible scarring. Both admit that they did not take particularly good care of themselves post op. One is devastated and sorry she went ahead with it as her breasts are different sizes and the nipples look bizarre. The other hates her scars but loves that she is smaller. Then on vacation just before I asked for my referral I met this great girl at the pool. She was a year post-op from her surgery and she was SO FREAKIN’ HAPPY and she looked like a million dollars in a swimsuit. Since I had spent the previous 3 weeks shopping for a bathing suit that didn’t make me cry in the dressing room that I was going to cover up anyway, looking awesome in a swimsuit seemed like the holy grail of outcomes, pain and suffering notwithstanding. She wasn’t particularly shy about showing them to me either and they looked amazing. I decided to talk to my doctor as soon as I got home.

But so much time has passed since that I am beginning to really second guess all of it. BUT, after reading everything and seeing how supportive you all are I am going to keep my appointment on Monday armed with my list of questions and see how that goes.

Will post my before pictures soon,

Cheers to you all,

Lisa

So happy and relieved! My sister was keeping me...

So happy and relieved! My sister was keeping me motivated all morning by emailing me pictures of pretty bra's and strappy sundresses!

I had my consult this afternoon and it could not have gone better. Love my PS - he was really personable and knowledgeable and answered most of my questions before I could even ask them! Thank you Piggles for the excellent list of questions! He thinks full C, smallish D is completely doable, although as everyone else has found out, cannot guarantee a size. He was pretty thorough in covering the procedure and the risks. EVERYONE I talked to just loves this guy. He has 30 years of experience but has kept very current in methodology etc. I did not find him cold and clinical at all but he is very much to the point which I really appreciate.

His assistant, who is also lovely, will be getting back to me within the month with the date of my surgery which they told me would be late winter, early spring in 2013. Seems like a LONG time away but it gives me some time to get some more weight off (down 15 lbs so far). He was pretty clear that there is nothing I can do to "jump the line" which cracked me up. I hear "don't you know who I am" quite a bit in my job so I hate people who try that. I told him I didn't know anyone of influence so I wouldn't be pestering his assistant to try to get in earlier. They said if they get a cancellation everyone more or less moves sequentially and I am more than good with that.

So, now I can stop worrying that I won't be eligible to worrying about the surgery itself! LOL I am a real "over-thinker" and drive myself more than a little crazy playing the "what-if?" game with myself. I kind have gotten over the fear of looking worse than I do now. I took some before photo's and believe me, these puppies are not the boobies of my youth for sure. been holding on to an image of the "girls" that hasn't existed for a long time. I think I have come to terms with trading the pain, humiliation, self-hatred and droopiness for the surgery and scars. Also, I am working on feeling worthy of feeling good about myself for myself. Well, for today anyway - still a serious work in progress. :) I know you gals will help keep me on that path!

Okay, I am driving myself crazy. For every 30...

Okay, I am driving myself crazy. For every 30 beautiful before and after pictures I come across a picture of someone that is a really weird shape and it makes me doubt myself. Mine are so droopy now I am really, REALLY afraid I will just end up with two smaller deflated balloons. Also, I have seen some pictures where the before nipples are the size of dinner plates and they are the same size on the afters. That looks kind of ridiculous as I have seen so many before and afters that the nipple is "resized" to be more proportionate. Why would a PS leave them that big?

I come back here and check out some of YOUR amazing pictures and I get excited again but there always seems to be that little devil on my shoulder whispering negatives into my ear.

I also have a question. Since I started menopause my left nipple has started to kind of turn inward. The surgeon said, because he leaves the nipple attached it is most likely, but not 100%, that it will continue to turn inward. Miss Right Nipple is perfectly fine. Has anyone else had any experience with a before and after with a shy nip?

I was at a party last night and actually MET...

I was at a party last night and actually MET someone my age who had a BR done with MY surgeon. It was so amazing to actually see his work first hand!

I have my surgery date now - June 20th and I can't...

I have my surgery date now - June 20th and I can't wait! Seriously starting getting ready from a physical standpoint. I call to get my pre-surgery information and appointment May 9th. I was beginning to think this was never going to happen! My only issue is that my step-daughter is getting married in Main on June 29th and I will have to travel there June 25th (we live in Ontario Canada and my spouse will be doing the driving). So hopeful that things go well so that I can attend.

I have a question about conditioning your skin. ...

I have a question about conditioning your skin. Did anyone do anything special to moisturize before their surgery to help with recovery afterward?

My pre-op appointment is booked for June 13th -...

My pre-op appointment is booked for June 13th - one week prior to the surgery. I am starting to get my post-op supplies ready. A kind co-workers Mom is lending me an electric recliner to sleep in - it is one of those ones that help you actually get up to a standing position. Our recliner is manual and requires a lot of pushing to get it back into the seat position so I thought that would be just as bad as lifting for the incisions. People have been really kind in getting me ready for the surgery and I am very grateful to them and all of the women who post their stories here.

We bought an elliptical trainer and some weights and I have been working out and dieting to try to get some weight off. I have lost about 25 pounds since Christmas but have settled into a plateau which is VERY frustrating. I have six weeks to go before surgery so I guess I need to buckle down and readjust my diet plan.

I am trying to decide what to wear to and from the hospital. This is a day surgery so there will be no overnight stay. Any advice?

Crikey!! My surgery has been moved up to May 30th...

Crikey!! My surgery has been moved up to May 30th (from June 20th). I am excited and quite terrified at the same time. I am feeling a little unprepared even though I know it won't take long to put all my supplies together. Heading off to buy a couple of sports bra's that zip in the front that i saw on the weekend. Not exactly sure WHY I didn't pick them up then, but will grab them up today. June 20th seemed like such a long time away I didn't feel like I was in any hurry to prepare but May 30th is so close!

24 Hours!

Twenty-four hours to go! This was such a long process from originally asking my gp for the consult but now it feels like time has just flown by. I am busy picking up supplies, getting groceries, finishing up my gardening, laundry and housework today. That's helping to burn off some nervous energy. Tomorrow will be here before I know it!

Officially over the rainbow!

Surgery over and home yesterday around 4! I am feeling pretty dizzy and naseous (spelling???) when I stand up for any length of time. Vomited a little on the way home but nothing major - I think I was a little car sick. Took a quick peek at the girls and love how small and cute they are. Nipples are facing forward which I haven't experienced since I was a pre-teen. Will do a full surgery report later but need to go back to sleep now before the nurse comes to take out my drains. So happy!!!

5 Days Post Op

I thought for sure I would be back in here posting right away but I have a small (very small) issue with the meds and was having some double vision problems and typing was extraordinarily difficult. Today, however, I feel like a million dollars! Great energy.

So, on the day of my surgery I was so anxious - as you would be before any major surgery. We arrived 3 minutes late to the admissions clinic (I was freaking out thinking that might disqualify me for surgery - LOL) but intake was pretty smooth. I met with the anesthesia student, Holly, who was really a lovely person. We talked about my issue with anesthesia in the past (I was very nauseous coming out of my gall bladder surgery and experienced some pretty intense vomiting) but she explained that things had really changed in the years since then and the would add something to keep my stomach settled. When she took my pulse she discovered that I had an irregular heartbeat (no kidding - at this point my heart was practically beating out of my chest) and thought it weird that no one had ever mentioned it to me. They did an ECG onsite and because my baseline is fine the Anesthesiologist felt it was fine to go ahead with the surgery. I was mostly relieved (but to be honest a very small bit disappointed because I was having a hard time controlling my nerves and was really thinking that maybe I didn't need the surgery after all. The universe took care of that by having one of my big boobs shove a rib out of place at that exact moment and I remembered WHY this was all necessary). Dr Evans did the mark-up, told me I had cock-eyed nipples that he would fix during the surgery (Who knew - I hadn't seen my nipples straight on for probably 41 years so I had no idea what they were doing down there). HIs resident was a good looking young man named Romy (I could have sworn when he introduced himself to me he said Romeo so that is how I am going to choose to remember him, thank you very much) and the nurse was named Ryan. They did a great job of making me laugh on my way to the OR. I was panicking inside thinking that the meds were not actually going to work but Holly did a fantastic job of keeping me calm and the next think I knew I was waking up in recovery.

For the record I really didn't want to wake up. For you menopausal women who have not had a great nights sleep in years you will know what I mean. I knew I was coming to but I really just wanted another 15 minutes. Maybe half an hour. You know, just sleep in a little bit. But no.

I rated the pain at about a 4 - it wasn't sharp at all. More like an irritating burning, but prolonged so I was happy to get the pain meds. I have to say, the little cup of cold water than came with the pills was the tastiest, most delicious water I have ever had. EVER.

It wasn't long before they moved me to the Day Surgery post -op where I was given some gingerale. Just like the water, it was the most wonderful gingerale I had ever had. Neil was with me within 10 minutes and in another 10 they told him to go bring the car up to the front door. While he was gone I took my first little walk to the bathroom which went well but on returning to my bed I was overcome with nausea. I didn't vomit but the lovely nurse (oh, she was so great I wish I could remember her name) gave me a couple of bags for the trip home. Good idea, because about halfway there (only a 20 minute trip) I was sick. But just a little. Then I cried. Not because of pain - there was no pain - but because it occurred to me that I had full range of motion in my neck with no pain. I was turning my head to look a things without flinching. It was an amazingly emotional moment for me.

Neil had my prescription filled and I stayed on my med schedule until about 3:30 a.m. I didn't need another until 1:30 the next day and it was only a half dose. I took another half dose just before the nurse showed up to take my drains out. The right side was fine - I never felt a thing. The left side - well, it felt like it was cemented in there and hurt but only for a couple of seconds. Then it was done. Such a relief to get the drains out.

I had a little trouble with the meds - double vision until yesterday and a brutal headache to match but today I feel so great. No back problems, no shoulder problems, no rib problems, even my knee problems seem to have cleared up. Crazy, but wonderful. Not even taking tylenol. I am using maxipads instead of gauze (I found the gauze really irritating) and only once in a while my incisions feel irritated. I have no issues with any infection, the recover nurse, the day surgery recovery nurse and wound care nurse were really impressed with Dr. Evans work (so am I) and my healing has been excellent. I credit that with all the great advice I have gotten from you on preparation and recovery. Everyone has been so wonderful in sharing their stories and experiences. I really could not have done it without you!

I have to give special credit to Piggles70 who kicked my ass all the way to this surgery including one particularly hilarious and inspiring email I received on the way to the hospital. It was particularly timely since we were stopped at a red light and I was thinking seriously about making a break for it. Thanks for keeping me in the car.

Drinking the lemon water like it's my job!
Lisa

More pictures!

A few more photo's

I week post op

It is hard to believe it is a week since my surgery - time has really flown - mind you for the first couple of days I was so out of it from the meds they don't really count as time.

Things are going well on the left side - everything seems to be healing well. On the right I have a little spot the size of a quarter where the skin seems to be peeling off. It has been the only spot with discharge right from the surgery (not the black area below it - that is just a spectacular bruise) - otherwise all my incisions have been perfectly dry. I mentioned it to the wound care nurse of Monday and she didn't think it was a problem but at my appointment today a new nurse covered it in an antibacterial pad. I am to replace it every day and go back on Monday for another look. I see the PS on Wednesday but if anything develops with it I am going to call to get in earlier. There is no heat or smell and the discharge is very little but it is still bugging me. Why can't Miss Righty be more like Miss Lefty. Just like sisters. LOL

2 Weeks Post-Op - Heaven is a hot shower!

I had my post-op followup yesterday and got the go ahead from my PS to shower. It was absolute heaven. It was a pretty quick visit - everything looks good. My "black " spot should fall off and I am to continue to use an antibiotic ointment and dressings until it closes up. They removed the steri-strips which didn't hurt at all. Pretty happy to have them off.

My incisions look good - I adore my new tiny nipples. They are so cute compared to what they used to look like. Miss Lefty used to be kind of shy also - but now she is standing up pretty proudly. It is kind of weird to have the "headlights" on all the time. To think I was worried that I would lose any sensation in them - they are offering up all the sensation I can handle at the moment.

My energy is pretty good and I am sticking to the healing diet to deal with the spot. My PS said to stick with sports bras until I see him again in 3 months (earlier if I develop any issues or concerns). I went through my drawers and got rid of most of my big old bra's although I kept a couple for future comparison as well as some of the stuff I bought to accomodate the old boobs. They look quite ridiculous on me now. It is so fantastic and I really love the new size even with the swelling. I can't wait to see what they settle down into.

No real pain and only the tiniest bit of itching so far. The tops and sides are still really tender - even the water from the shower was a little too much but day by day they feel softer. A little bit of the deeper bruising is coming up but the really dark bruising is rapidly disappearing.

I can't believe it has already been 2 weeks! Time is really flying by!

Week 3 - time is passing so quickly

It is really hard to believe it has been 3 weeks since my surgery. Pretty happy with Ms. Lefty -she is healing up really well but Ms. Righty still has the open area near the junction. I am using Bactigras (gauze soaked in antisepectic) and covering it every day. The tape is giving me a little trouble so today I used the Bactigras and covered it with a maxipad so my bra is holding it place to give my skin a break. I am pretty confident that it will close up but needs time. I am sticking to the healing diet and drinking the lemon/cucumber water and have found the swelling has really gone down. Also, Monday I saw my osteopath who did some gentle stretching and it was like a little miracle - the swelling under my arms diminished and while still uncomfortable most of the tenderness has disappeared. She said I would find that over the next 48 hours I would be spending a lot of time in the bathroom and she was not kidding. I thought I had been peeing a lot to this point but she really got my system moving and I can feel the difference in all the swelling.

I had one day of the legendary week 3 blues but it passed pretty quickly- hubby was VERY understanding .

When I went out to pick up some more sports bras and could not believe the size I am now wearing. It is unfreakingbelievable! I had my doubts heading into the fitting room but wow! I cried a little with the happiness of it. I bought some with really cute little straps to sleep in ($5 each - seriously) but I find the ones with more support and pressure actually make me feel better. It is not painful exactly, but uncomfortable. You really feel it if you have done too much at the end of the day but every day everything feels a lot better.

Six weeks and feeling great!

Yesterday I hit the six week mark and I really am starting to feel like my old self. For the first time in weeks I was actually forgetting that I had actually had the procedure done - my boobs weren't tight, itchy or sore or demanding any kind of attention for really long periods of time. At the beginning of the week I thought they were going to drive me crazy every moment of every day forever so this is a great sign. I still was swollen at the end of the day but even that wasn't too bad.

I still have the issue with the open area on the right side but it is clearing up nicely. Using Bactigras (pre-medicated gauze) as well as some areas around the aureola where the stitches seemed to be knotted but those area also clearing up. "Something" small seems to be going on halfway down the vertical incision on the left side and I am keeping an eye on that. Most likely a stitch trying to work itself out. These pictures are a couple of day old and there has been even more progress. I will try to post some new shots in the next day or so.

And Shopping....

I just popped into the fitting room to try on some sundresses. Normally I would be really frustrated after a couple of them because they just looked horrible up top but today I had my choice of ALL OF THEM. Everything fit beautifully and I felt so comfortable in them. I decided on two (that was hard and a new experience) and one of them is backless which means braless. LOVE IT!

7 weeks over sundress comparisons

As I mentioned in my last post I had an amazing shopping experience looking for summer dresses. Here are some before dress photo's and afters. I could not be happier.

I will be 7 weeks post tomorrow. The discomfort is almost gone now although at the end of the day with swelling it kind of feels like I am wearing a bra made out of wire that is cutting across my breasts. It is a really weird sensation - it makes me look to make sure that my bra has ridden up and is up around my nipples.
The other thing I noticed last night was while we were walking back to the car they move now. Before my surgery I was wearing at least 2 bras all the time - sometime 3 if I was planning on working out. Then after surgery they were pretty rock hard. The sensation of them moving now that they are dropping is so foreign to me. Also, it has been REALLY hot and sticky here for about six days- today it currently feels like 40 degrees Celcius with the humidex (that's 104 Farenheit) and I have NO UNDERBOOB RASH. That alone made this surgery worth it. In the past when we had weather like this the rash would end up raw and I would have to wear the pads under my bra to keep the blood off my clothes. What an amazing relief.

After surgery sundresses!

Sundress photo's

Two Months OTR

Okay - the open wound on Ms. Righty is closing up. Hard to see from the photo but the "shiny" part is new skin. I have some issues with the incision as well on the right but the left side seems to be progressing well. I am having small issues with the stitches coming through on both areola's and am continuing to use the bactigras gauze.

Both of them have softened up a lot and I love the shape of them. I am looking forward to getting back to working out. Prior to the surgery I was working out 5 days a week to get into better shape for the surgery and must admit that I have put on about 6 pounds during my recovery. This week I have started back on the elliptical but until things are resolved with my incisions won't be going back to weights. I really have fallen off my healthy eating plan in the last couple of weeks and am getting back on track with that as well. Overall things are pretty comfortable with them - just the odd zinger now and again. I am really looking forward to seeing how the healing process goes in month 3!

Follow up with PS at week 15

Almost 4 months out and things are going so well. I had my follow-up with the PS and he is very happy with how things are developing. I can see great improvement of my incisions and they are lovely and flat. PS told me that the silicone sheets are good if you have hypotrophic scarring (raised incisions) but useless for diminishing the redness. Only time will take care of it. I do have that one large area on Ms. Righty and he told me if in a year I was still bothered by it ( there is no chance it will not leave a scar - it should lighten up like the rest of the incisions but will never truly disappear) I could come back and we would look at scar revision options. We shall see - when you run your hand over it now you cannot feel it at all - no raised edges and no depression. It has filled in extraordinarily well - behold the power of spinach and white proteins.

For those of you who are considering this surgery or those of you who are in the process but are feeling frightened or apprehensive about ANY aspect of it let me tell you that it is such a miracle. I surprised myself when I burst into tears at the end of my PS appointment. I am overwhelmed by the amazing, positive changes in my life and my only regret is that I let fear keep me from doing it sooner.

Love to you all, wherever you are in journey to health and happiness!

Lisa
Dr. Brian Evans

Referred by my GP,then I checked out Dr. Evan's credentials and reviews. People love him and he does fantastic work. And they are right to - he is fanatical about details and my incisions are beautiful. I could not be happier with how I was treated, the surgery itself or the outcome. Even at this early stage the relief I feel in my back and shoulders is amazing and the shape of my breasts will be lovely in time. I am so grateful to Dr. Evans and his team at University Hospital. I simply do not have the words to express how unbelievably happy I am. Dr. Evans is all 5's and it is absolutely worth it all!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Thank you for your honesty and I know this is the right decision for me, and that my feelings going from one extreme to the other is normal.
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Deka21, thank you so much for your posts. You have really answered so many of my questions! I have to admit I'm very nervous, then excited, then nervous. And I love the tip below about the thentix!
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Dear Deka21, Of all the posts and reviews on this website, yours has given me the clearest sense of what to expect, based upon the descriptions you have provided with each successive healing period. I am now 3 weeks post operative (July 11, 2013) and I also had a tummy tuck with my breast reduction. The biggest issue for me so far has been the significant tightness and swelling. My surgeon who is also a D.O., said this was normal and that I look great and am healing very well, but I just could not get comfortable and I hate the tightness...so the last two days or so I have been removing my bra and occasionally my abdominal binder, for bedtime. I have been sleeping on a recliner because my breasts still cannot handle the side-lying position and the lack of incline support. My new breasts actually feel very firm and full just adjacent to my arms and I have some numb areas accompanied by some tender skin areas. My nipples have very good sensation, though. Still, the doctor says they look great and I am going along as expected. Anyway, my breasts still feel quite odd, a tightness that almost mimics a very tight bra, even when I am bra-less. I have yet to find too many posts concerning this phenomenon, and I was so relieved to read your very descriptive report at about the 6-week mark, where you noticed that your breasts were softening and dropping. I am so looking forward to that moment for myself, and your post has finally helped to reassure me that this is indeed coming my way sooner or later! I can barely wait. My Osteopath does not recommend the use of gels or silicone strips...says they are minimally helpful, and instead recommended cocoa butter. Currently I am still on a daily bacitracin regimen and I still gauze up my scars, both for the breasts and the tummy tuck just to keep them safe from irritation. What do you find has worked for you? Again, many thanks for your detailed storyline. It was very helpful and uplifting...no pun intended, LOL.
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Thank you. I know EXACTLY what you mean about the "invisible" bra. I had that all the time but it is starting to go away. Sometimes also it feels like my bra has ridden up and is sitting across my nipples. Very weird sensation - a couple of times early on I actually checked to make sure that wasnt' the case. If feels very real. Most of the numb areas disappeared last week and they really have taken on a great shape. I also see an osteopath and she did some work on helping to reduce scar tissue in the area between my breasts last week (9 weeks out) and I am positive that is what helped with getting feeling back in the numb spots and the softening. It CERTAINLY helped with swelling and water retention. I am still using Bactigras (it is gauze infused with the antiseptic and white parafin) on my open areas. I won't lie - I am getting really tired of doing the wound care and wish everything would just heal up completely but then again, patience is not one of my virtues and this process requires nothing but patience so I am sucking it up. I have been "cheatin" and letting them get a little air each night but it really is contrary to what the doctors recommend - keeping them moist really gives your skin a chance to knit back together neatly. I am using a cream called Thentix - it contains mostly natural ingredients and is honey based. Honey is a natural antibiotic and I have used Thentix for years to keep my Psorisos under control. I had been using a cortizone cream previously to try to clear it up - I had those terrible rashes under my boobs that everyone gets but then the Psorisos attacked it on my right side and made the area pretty raw and bloody. I am in peri-menopause so the hot flashes would make me sweat under there like crazy ALL the time and the skin would get rubbed raw no matter what I tried. The cortizone cream cleared it up really well (I didn't find the Thentix until later) but cortizone thins your skin and I suspect that is the cause of the skin tear under the right side. So I am using the Thentix on the areas that have closed up and things are looking pretty good.
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Thank you so much for your reply! I guess I must be experiencing that 3-week feeling down period too. These last two days my breasts have been super swollen and super tight and I can't put my arms straight down my sides because it feels like there is a hard baseball on each outer side of my breasts that is preventing the arms from laying against me comfortably. I went back to wearing a bra but the swelling does get worse, especially as the day turns into night. Really haven't been doing much either...feel like a lump on a log! Anyway, I am going to look into some of the products you mentioned to see if they will help me. I don't have any open wounds except for a small sore spot in my bikini line from my tummy tuck, but if they help to soften my scars, that's a good thing yes? Also, I have some questions about the stretching and the things your D.O. did to soften the scars. Would you mind elaborating a little more on that? It may be too soon for me to do any of that stuff but would love to learn more about it. Thanks again!!! :o)
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I'm so happy to heat that things are going well! You look great, and I bet you feel loads better, with neck and back and shoulder pain!
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Good for you!!! You look fantastic! How great not to have the chafing and rash under the boobs! Yay for you!!!!! Were you half expecting to see it when you got undressed, lol? I have a dress very similar to that first dress!!! Unfortunately I can't find a bra in my size that's low cut (or supportive) enough to go under it :( But believe me, it's gonna be the first summer dress I wear after when it get's nice enough after my winter surgery!!!! Keep us posted on how the healing's going! Thanks for the update!
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These dresses would never be a consideration before my surgery. The first picture is of a dress I bought in Kohl's last year on sale for $7 - It was an impulse as I was on my way to the cash register. When I tried it on, it looked absolutely ridiculous. I was so disappointed. I gave it to a friend who said she would only borrow it until I had my surgery. She dropped by the day after it was done and gave it back and I love that dress so much now. The change is just so amazing. To be able to wear the purple dress again in the before picture I am going to have to find a push up bra to wear under it. Crazy
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Love the dresses!!! I haven't gone the sundress route yet, too nervous to try but I think you have motivated me!!! You look fantastic, congrats!
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So glad to hear that at 6 weeks you're feeling pretty normal- I go back to work (hairdressing) at 6 weeks! I can work reduced hours if needed, but my bank account would certainly appreciate if I didn't need to :-) you look great!!
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Thank you - you are looking pretty good yourself for 9 days out! I went back to work after a month but I work at a computer so it was fine. I worked half days the first week. Saturday is my 2 month anniversary and I can't believe how fast it has gone. I feel back to my usual self energy wise for sure.
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Congrats on your reduction! I'm glad to hear about your excited dress shopping trip:) I can't wait to do the same! How is your scar healing from where it had the little opening?
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My left side scars are doing really well BUT in the last couple of days it looks like a stitch is working its way out of the vertical incision - so annoying. I am dressing it. The real problem is on the right side where my skin actually tore beside the T junction and the open area was about the size of a toonie (silver dollar - slightly smaller than a poker chip?) Every day it closes up a little more and the area around it is a darkish pink. Hard to know if it will scar. I suffer from psorisis and had a problem under there for a couple of years that we cleared up with cortisone. Most likely the cortisone thinned out my skin in that area and that is why it tore at that spot. The one nurse at the wound care centre said she thought it would scar because I am so fair but you never know. Once it is completely closed I am going to try the silicone sheet scar therapy on it. It was kind of deep as well and I am encouraged that it is "filling" in so I don't think it will end up as a small crater. I am trying to stick to the healing diet and practicing patience. Having said that - a little scar is a great trade off to have tears of joy in the fitting room (I actually did cry a little) instead of tears of frustration.
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Dress pics!!!! Pleeeease! :D
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You look great deka21...glad you're happy with the results.
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Even with the problems on the right I could not be happier. Everything is so much easier to do. Pretty excited to do some shopping in the States - we leave Wednesday for my stepdaughters wedding in Maine and I am on the hunt for some cute summer tops that fit!
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Thanks for your warm wishes. It really is amazing how things change every day!
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Looking good! Isn't it great to hear good news from the PS? Warm wishes!!
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Isn't it crazy how much has changed in just two weeks? You look lovely and I'm glad everything is going well for you thus far.
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You look amazing! Hope the healing is going well :)
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Your PS left you with lovely new girls. If you don't have a fever, it's not hot, no pain, and you're not running a temp then keep it clean and dry so it can heal from the inside out. Rest as much as you can! You're doing everything right. :)
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You look GORGEOUS :D
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Wow, what a difference! Your PS did an amazing job with the shape. Life will certainly be different for you now.
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Deka you are looking great! And its so early yet. Imagine how happy you're going to be after all the bruising and swelling is healed. Rest and pamper yourself as much as you can .And look forward to a more fabulous life :-) :-) :-)
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Tired and swollen today - maybe did a little too much yesterday so taking it very slowly today. REALLY want to take a shower but have to wait until I see the PS on June 12th. I am taking "half" baths and my wonderful stylist washed my hair for me yesterday, but I still feel kind of stincky. :) No pain, just discomfort from the swelling - very swollen under the arms and tender there. I have a lot of energy and it is so tempting to want to get up and get going. It is actually kind of shocking how little pain there actually has been - I wasn't expecting that. The worst of it really is the constipation. I have been faithfully taking my mirilax and stool softeners, eating black licorice, drinking pepermint tea along with my lemon tea and lemon water and things are finally moving along. Oh happy, happy day!
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