Out of the Blue - Pittsburgh, PA
- updated 10 months ago
I will give you the stats to start with. I am 21...
- 19 Jul 2012
- 25 days pre
I will give you the stats to start with. I am 21 years old, 5'3" and approx 130-135lbs. Ever since puberty I have been a case of extreme hourglass proportions. My waist is 25", and I am currently a 32DDD. I was a 32 D all through high school, but I hit college and BOOM. It was almost overnight (without weight gain, might I add), and they have stayed large ever since.
When I switched from one store location to another in my retail job last summer, I met three young women my age who had all had breast reduction surgery. While it was always something I had thought about, this was like a lightning strike. They were all so absolutely thrilled with their results and said it was the best thing that they had done. I still mulled it over for a few months, but I made a consultation appt with one of their doctors for June 4th.
She said I was a perfect candidate, and gave me a fax number so that my chiropractor (who I have been seeing for neck and shoulder pain since I was 11) could send a letter of recommendation to her office to put with the other paperwork. My mother stopped by his office a few days later and said his secretary had sent it out.
A month and a week later (I think it was July 10th?) I was in his office for an appointment and found that the letter had been sent by mail and never received. I asked the secretary if she could please fax it right away and she said yes. I was concerned that this was all going to be a pipe dream for me.
My predicament was this. I am on my parents insurance (my fathers), ans he retires (we have our fingers crossed) December 1st. So if I didn't get this surgery done this summer, I probably wouldnt be able to for years. Assuming insurance took 4-8 weeks to get back to me, and then three works notice to work, it would be a full two months before I could even schedule a surgery, and Fall classes start August 28th.
But believe it or not, we got the call the very next day. I was approved within hours. My BMI made me an ideal candidate.
So I scheduled for August 14th.
I am excited. And nervous.
My boyfriend is in this with me 100%. Sometimes he is more supportive of the decision than even I am, and that is a huge comfort.
27 days and counting.
Browsing this forum has at least made me feel aware and somewhat prepared. Thank you all so much for that.
I am planning on heading out right this minute to buy some button-up pjs.
I have researched the best diets for post-op healing and scar reduction (high protein low sodium).
And many many more little things.
I decided I could use the support and that writing about it would be helpful to me.
I will keep you all updated!
So I contacted my doctor again to see her...
- 20 Jul 2012
- 25 days pre
I realized today that everyone I have seen on here almost has had an anchor incision. My doctor performs Lollipop Incisions. I have seen her before and after photos and they all look great. If there are definitely no drains, I would say the slightly more raised vertical scar is going to be completely worth it. Has anyone had these? Were there drains involved at all? Did you like your results?
Side note: I also want to point out that I am...
- 21 Jul 2012
- 24 days pre
I got my bloodwork done today. Yippee!
The office received my bloodwork, and I learned...
- 30 Jul 2012
- 15 days pre
I have started freezing fresh fruits and foods so that whenever I come back to my apartment post-op, I don't have to be making a lot of food my first couple of days. With classes starting the 27th, I don't want to have to be waking up early to make things when I am already going to be doing more than I probably should.
I have lost a few pounds just cutting out foods that aren't that great for me in the past week. I figured eating healthy the month before is just as beneficial as doing it in the weeks following. I am gonna keep at it and hopefully hit the upper 120's by the time surgery rolls around. Just so I am in optimal shape.
I added a side view, and a view of my shoulder. I have permanent dips from the past few years of bra straps digging in.
Only two weeks from tomorrow! Excited, anxious, nervous.
Now am a very strict 130-132 pounds. Now hitting...
- 2 Aug 2012
- 12 days pre
I have TWELVE days left. In TWELVE days at this time, I should be on my way home with another few lbs missing from a very specific location.
Well maybe not pounds plural. 450 grams per lb. Let say I will probably be missing 1 1/2. Either way, super excited!
Bought a bottle of arnica montana yesterday on amazon after doing EXTENSIVE research and speaking to my Drs Nurse. She more than approved and seemed surprised that I found out about it all on my own, even though they sell it in the office. Thanks to my student account on amazon, I spent a total of 3.94 for a 15 day supply and it should be here by the time I get home from work tomorrow.
Has anyone ever taken this before? It is to reduce swelling, bruising, and even pain after surgery (I assume since a lot of pain is caused by swelling and bruising) and it has had RAVE reviews. Check it out. 99/100 people are thrilled with it. I will start taking it the reccomended three days before surgery, which is also my last day at work.
Only seven days left there. I find myself getting irritated which never happens to me, and I think it is because I am ready for my 'break'. Because where I work involves a LOT of movement and lifting, I wont be returning for a full month, but classes do start two weeks post. My last two days at work are both 6am until 4pm. Long busy days, but then I have two days to prepare before the big day!
Nervous. Anxious. Called my mother and she picked up some palmers for me at my hometown walmart (they dont seel it where I live, of course). I have been reading reviews on here about the first day of surgery and my fingers are itchy to write you guys a novel. 8)
Now I am just ready. BRING IT ON!
I know I have been obsesively updating almost...
- 3 Aug 2012
- 11 days pre
I just needed to inform absolutely everyone that when I stepped on my scale this morning it read 129.8!
Yippe! Obviously that was water weight from sleeping. But I dont care. If it does it consistently I will be a very happy camper.
ELEVEN days. Gah!
I am in the disbelief stage of my pre-op, I think....
- 6 Aug 2012
- 8 days pre
But right now, I am more excited about getting through these last 32 hours of work, and then relaxing for two weeks. Because that is what I feel is going to happen. The surgery just seems surreal.
I still need to figure out what to wear to surgery. Considering summer heat and how much more nausea I feel when I am warm, a zip up hoodie seems like a bad idea, but I dont own any button up shirts that arent fitted. And it seems silly to spend $15 on a sleep set at walmart when I would never wear the shirt ever again. Ever.
Any other suggestions?
Good news, my out of pocket was estimated at around $1500-1600. I am not going to be too optimistic that it will stay that way though. But I did get some extra financial aid this semester that would actually cover it. So the money is actually taken care of. That is such a metaphoric weight off my shoulders about getting the weight off my shoulders. Especially with how tight my budget is as a college student. I have so much debt that buying groceries is an issue, let alone getting plastic surgery.
Anyway. A week from tomorrow. I will keep you all updated. Thanks you for the information and support! It makes everything 1000% easier.
I will know my surgery time Monday around noon. I...
- 7 Aug 2012
- 7 days pre
To see Acs question the universe, stay tuned.
- 9 Aug 2012
- 5 days pre
It may be a slightly excessive take on it, but wow, this is a great timeline- presurgery checklist!
I am glad to find that I have been doing everything on here, including the low sodium diet and the arnica montana! Hopefully this will help other people who have a reduction of their own coming up! I am def posting this to the August page.
Tuesday is rapidly approaching.
FOUR DAYS from now, at this time, I will have...
- 11 Aug 2012
- 3 days pre
I started the arnica yesterday, I will keep posted on how it does. Starting to get nerves, and worried that something will happen to prevent it. There is no putting this off for me. It is now or never (or at least not for a long time) since insurance ends december 1st, and that would be the next time I could take two weeks off.
Nervous I am gonna get sick, or get a rash, or ANYTHING that would make her not want to go through with the procedure.
Breathe In. Breathe Out.
Keep yours fingers crossed for me everyone!
I must have been in denial yesterday when I said...
- 12 Aug 2012
- 2 days pre
Dillusional again. I meant fourty eight. Still...
- 12 Aug 2012
- 2 days pre
They log and short of surgery day. We took my...
- 15 Aug 2012
- 1 day post
We took my dads gigantic special edition Toyota tundra because it has the smoothest ride of all of our vehicles. We had to be in cranberry by 9:30, but not wanting to get stuck in city traffic, we left earlier and took the turnpike. We arrived around nine and I was checked in immediately. Since my period wasn't supposed to come until today, they stuck me with my first needle for a preg test. (later on in recovery I went to the bathroom and discovered t had started during surgery anyway, of course)
My nurse Bernadette was my needle magician for the IV, and I made sure my anesthetist gave me something for nausea. So I got a patch and an IV drug. Dr. Wooten came and briefly talked size with me and marked me up. I really wanted pictures of the lollipop markings to show you all, but the surgery center was having difficulties and we were rushed, so neither she nor I got too. It's so strange that I hadn't seen her since June 4th, but I felt totally relaxed. I never got nervous at all really.
I went into surgery at10:30 ish, a reward for being early, and they wrapped
And legs in blankets and sat my legs on massaging blankets. Then gave me what I can only describe as a drug that made me feel like I had had a margarita or two. 8)
The nurses made jokes and kept me in my calm state, and next thing I know, I am in recovery and it is 2 on the dot. She took an hour longer than normal, because I pointed out to her that I am you g and have to live with the results for a very long time. 8)
I was awake and didn't appear to be dozing off, so they gave me a snack and some juice. The nurse gave me to doses of deluded which did nothing for my pain, but the percocet kicked right in. The pain I had was a pinching sensation right where my vertical incisions met my rib cage, and an overall pressure like pain. It never went above a 4 out of 10 though.
They got me into a recliner by three, and I went to the restroom. Moving around made the pain to back up to that 4, so they brought my parents in and I sat wih them and listened to instruction for a bit. Then we left
Probably by four.
1. I am gauzed, bra on, and an ace bandage all the way around me.
2. The dressing have to stay on (no peeking) until Friday morning, and then I can take them off and shower and reapply them.
3. They gave me an antibiotic to take twice a day, and a pain med to take when needed.
4. We have to call her office today to set up a post-op, which will probably be Monday or Tuesday.
All in all, I felt great once we got home. My boyfriend made it to our house only twenty or so minutes after and brought me jello and walked me around the lower level when I got restless. Around 8 I took an antibiotic and started feeling queezy. Then I had a few bites of applesauce and a pain pill to help sleep, and unfortunately I ended up throwing up everything I had managed to get down as soon as I made it upstairs. Woke up around 1 to pee and tried taking another one then win some ginger ale and had no problems. Fell back asleep. Then got up again and am now in bed at 3, writing you all my story on my phone. Boufriend is asleep on the floor beside my bed, but has to leave a little before seven to make the hour drive to work tomorrow. He has been fantastic, waiting on me hand and foot.
Did I miss anything? Any questions you ladies have?
I will take a photo to post up in the morning. And I will keep you all updated on my recovery. I already feel great, and all of the soreness I have right now is actually just on my rincage under my chest, and mostly only when I am trying to prop myself up or stand.
I hope everything continues going smoothly !
No more pain on my incisions, but the rib cage...
- 15 Aug 2012
- 1 day post
Made a fruit smoothie with protein powder for lunch and seem to be keeping it down, thank goodness. Hopefully I can eat a slightly more solid dinner.
Only took two pain pills so far. One in the middle of the night and one about an hour ago. They said you can take two at a time, but I don't want to get too used to them. I would love to just be on Tylenol by Friday. Anyway, I will take some more pictures when I post my day3/shower experience.
Just took a shower and was able to check out my...
- 16 Aug 2012
- 2 days post
I am in love. This is what they are supposed to look like. What they should have looked like and never did.
Minimal bruising on the actual breasts, but two purple ones on my ribs underneath (you can see those), and a baseball sized yellow one under each armpit. My left breast keeps vibrating strangely, as if liquid is being released. Nothing external though, so I am assuming it is just fluid build up moving around underthe skin.
Only a 1inch incision underneath each breast, the rest is all the vertical and circular scars.
I am beyond thrilled. Over the moon.
Nothing to talk about appearance wise, they are...
- 17 Aug 2012
- 3 days post
Recovery-wise though, I am still doing fan-freaking-tastic.
I went out to dinner with a bunch of my mom's cousins and my aunts and such. I was out at the restaurant for about 3 hours, and while I was tired by the time we got back, I just woke up and feel fine. Not like I over-did it at all.
My mom makes quilts for a living, and needs to go fabric shopping today. I can't help her lift things like I normally do, but I think I may try to go. Just a car ride and some artsy stuff, which is my forte, seeing as I am working on my BFA in painting.
Boyfriend will be back up tonight to be with me this weekend if I need anything. I am gonna see if he will take me to the mall to get my hairs trimmed up a bit. That would also save my mom from having to wash my hair for a day.
I am feeling GREAT! Still wrapped up, and trying desperately not to lift my elbows above my shoulders, but really following instructions to a T. Havent taken any pain meds since yesterday morning.
I hope this keeps up. Post op day 2 was a breeze. Keep em coming.
The new photo isn't 'new', but I wanted a closer...
- 17 Aug 2012
- 3 days post
72 hours post op.
The bubbly, vibrating sensation is still going wild in my left boob. Its not strong, but very strange, and happens regularly. I have read online that a lot of women have this after breast augmentation, so I am not too concerned.
The bruised rib feeling is almost gone, but I now have tenderness on my actual chest around where the sutures are. I knew I was gonna get this eventually, but it is still a bummer,
I can't feel sensation in my nipples yet, but they both perked up for me in the shower today after a little attention, so I am sure that is a good sign. No new bruising, and the stuff I already had is already lightening up.
Now mostly I am just anxious to get on with the healing.
And get to my appt wednesday so that Dr.Wooten can confirm everything is going swimmingly.
Last night I was officially sick of sleeping on my back. All I want is to take a nap on my side. I may drug myself back up at nighttime to avoid how uncomfortable it was. 8)
Not too much else to report. I will update photos again when the steristrips come off (probably at the follow-up) and whenever there is any other significant marker or change.
I hope everyone is doing as well as I am. I feel so blessed!
Post-op day 5 update. I havent stayed in my...
- 19 Aug 2012
- 5 days post
I havent stayed in my house for a full day since the day after surgery.
Surgery tuesday. Slept on and off wednesday.
Dinner out in town thursday night for a few hours.
Went fabric shopping two hours from home with my mom friday.
Saturday I went to the mall and got my hair cut and picked up a second bra to wear during recovery. I took a shower and SHAVED MY LEGS. 8)
And today I went with my boyfriend to a local walking path and did the full 4 miles.
I have no pain, just some pinching from time to time and the itching has begun.
My underarms are more swollen than my chest. Light yellow bruises around my nipple that are already almost gone. Bruises under my ribs are gone. Bruises under my arms are gone.
I have had next to no drainage. Just a few red spots the first two times I changed my gauze pads. Literally next to nothing.
No pain meds for over 3 days now.
I am really just anxious to get to the post-op visit and for her to tell me I can go without the ace bandage, since it is my biggest complaint right now.
I really wish everyones recovery would go as smoothly as mine. I am feeling truly blessed.
I also didnt have any of the after-surgery depression feelings. And I didnt feel for a second like my chest wasnt mine. It was instant acceptance. I actually cant imagine or believe that I was big-chested a week ago. What did they feel like? How did my clothes fit?
I feel like I have always had these ones.
Oh and by the way, I weighed 125lbs today when I...
- 19 Aug 2012
- 5 days post
but yippee! It like I am back in 9th grade!
I officially cried today. We were going out to...
- 20 Aug 2012
- 6 days post
I put it on, and it fit like a dream. It was loose, but it fit, and it just looked right. And I went downstairs and I told my mom I was so happy to be able to wear real clothes. And I bawled.
Now all I want is to get back to my apartment and try on all my clothes again, because they are all brand new.
I am so blessed to have been able to have this surgery, and to have a surgeon who made it so easy for me.
I am blessed to have parents that were supportive and that cared for me over the past week, lifting things and making me food and every little thing you dont realize you cant do.
I am blessed to have a boyfriend who loves me unconditionally and who supported me 100%, because this is the best thing I have ever done.
I look the way I feel like I look.
I feel in shape, and feminine and YOUNG.
I have a feeling the hard part of my recovery is yet to come, getting the strips off and returning to school, but at least I am happy. So happy I cried.
First Follow-up today. Was seen as soon as I...
- 22 Aug 2012
- 8 days post
Was seen as soon as I arrived, even though I was half an hour early.
Nurse came in and had me ask all of my questions, and then consulted Dr.Wooten.
I can stop wearing the ace bandage during the day.
I can wear any bra I want that is supportive and wireless.
I can start sleeping on my side if I am wearing the ace bandage at night.
I can reach over my head and begin stretching, but no heavy lifting.
I am returning to work in october instead of halfway through september. But I am okay with that, because as a student I am lucky enough to have that flexibility.
Then Dr. Wooten came in and said she really wanted to remove the steristrips while I was there so that I could see the scars and not freak out. But even after 10 minutes of soaking in the lubricant/cream/whatever stuff, they were still so dry that it was causing me serious pain. So she agreed that I could just work on it at home. I asked her when I should start the palmers oil and she said whenever, now, even with the strips still on. Then they threw more gauze on me and told me I was good to go.
When I got home, I decided to take the strips off right away. Because they didnt wipe the stuff off before I left the office. So technically my tape got to soak in it for the whole 2 1/2 hours home. They were never going to be softer than they were.
It took about twenty-five minutes of slow peeling, pulling, sweating, and shaking, but I did manage to get them all off. Only the underside of my right breast looks a little inflammed, but it isnt even that bad.
So here you are ladies. 8 days post op.
Keep in mind that the steri-strips are like, FRESHLY peeled. So everything is a little more puckered and pink than it even was twenty minutes later.
Just adding that all the little scabbies you see...
- 23 Aug 2012
- 9 days post
I'll keep everyone updated!
2 weeks post today. I am feeling really great....
- 28 Aug 2012
- 14 days post
I am off antibiotics and arnica. No bruising. VERY little swelling.
I bought two wireless bras to tie me over until the last of the swelling goes down and I am a 32C.
The incisions are healing, I rub them twice (sometimes three) times a day with the palmers oil.
I still bandage myself up when I sleep so that I dont accidentally roll over and hurt something.
Back to classes yesterday, and while the most I really do is walk, I was still amazingly tired at the end of yesterday, and feel much the same today. Thank goodness I am not going back to work this soon. Both together would have me sleeping standing up.
Posted some pictures of them. I don't think much has changed in the past week, but second party eyes will see a difference.
Hope all you August ladies are doing well!
End of week 3! Got my first little spitting...
- 4 Sep 2012
- 21 days post
I am probably doing too much too soon at school, but I feel GREAT. I was real tired the first few days back, but I already feel back to normal.
Its not as if I am lifting fifty pound bags of plaster or anything, but in ceramics I have been working on the wheel, and sometimes it takes a bit of arm pressure to makes things work. Hopefully that wont hurt anything.
No more swelling has gone down, if in fact I even have any. I can wear 32C/34B no problem. I am still technically a 30D, but I am so used to wearing 34 (since it was all I could find to fit before as a 34DD), that it doesnt feel ill fitting or too loose.
So. From a 30f to a 30d, or a 32DDD to a 32C, or a 34DD to a 34B! 8)
Posting some pics now. My scars are really starting to soften up, there is no red/pink tint left to them, and my breasts have already taken that natural shape. There is a dark edging of skin around the incisions where a SUPER thin layers of skin dried out/ died/ whatever and is now peeling off slowly. But again, no pain, and you can hardly see it.
I can't wear an underwire yet, but I picked up this little demi cup for $10 at JCP, because I knew they had them, and I already had the matching underwear ;)
Hope you ladies are all doing well! Happy September!
Just an update real quick to write you all...
- 4 Sep 2012
- 21 days post
We were told the procedure was usually around $6500+, and that I would be paying around $1500 after the fees from the doctors office and hospital.
My bill arrived today. For $601.
I may have some refund money left after all. And anyone want to guess what I buy with it? ;)
One month (from yesterday) and I am really pretty...
- 12 Sep 2012
- 29 days post
Obviously the scars softening up will take time.
And my nipple sensation STILL is barely there, but I can sometimes feel just a little bit, and so I think it will keep going.
I feel great, and as soon as I get the okay to sleep on my stomach I will be just dandy. Even now I lean slightly forward when I am on my side, because I just cant help it.
I am going to add maybe just a picture or two of the left one, since that is the side I have chronicled for you ladies, though I really don't see any difference at all this time.
And as much as I want to say I a still gonna try to keep up with you all, school is keeping me exhaustively busy, and I go back to work soon too. So even more free time will be gone then. But I WILL update in a few more weeks. And I WILL check in from time to time. And if anyone has questions, send away and I will answer rapidly, since I get notifications to my email, which I check almost hourly for school.
Hope you are all doing splendidly!
I also wanted to add that I still have excessive...
- 12 Sep 2012
- 29 days post
Hey ladies. It has now been two months since the...
- 12 Oct 2012
- 2 months post
The follow up two weeks ago went really well. No underwire until month 4, just to keep the scars from hardening up and raising. But she said I looked really fabulous and asked what I used on the scars (thanks to all of you for recommending Palmers!).
The numbness will probably last on and off up until six months she said, since the more you do the more you swell up the blood vessels and cause new numbness. it is a weird sensation, like I am rubbing the skin through fabric. The muscles and tissue can feel it, but the skin can't. Like trying to scratch your leg through jeans. This extends from my nipples and gradually reduces as it heads out toward my armpit. The tops and insides have 100% sensation however.
Anyway, that is really all I have to say. If anyone wants pictures, I will try to find time to post some.
In the meantime, I hope you are all still doing fabulously! And for any ladies just starting their journey, ask anything you want and I am game. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself!
You know what, I haven't been on here to update...
- 15 Feb 2013
- 6 months post
I hope all of you looking into this and who still linger here even after your surgerys are in good spirits!
Updated my pics for month 6. They have settled...
- 27 Feb 2013
- 6 months post
The recommendation and stories of two wonderful young women at work.