I am a 56 year old happily married woman. I...
I am a 56 year old happily married woman. I developed normally (I think) as a young lady. I was a about a 34 C as a senior in high school. I was a C cup for years, only getting a bit bigger with my pregnancies, but then I would go back down to a C after wards. I remember being able to buy all the latest styles of bras whenever they would come out. I had cute bras of every color and style!
about 15 years ago I started growing for some reason, I can only guess it was a hormonal thing (menopause maybe). I'm now a 34 DDD or 34 F and down to 2 ugly boring bras...lol.
My hubby gave me the go ahead for a breast lift last spring, but the more I thought about it the more I realized I wanted a tummy tuck instead. I know, completely different thing but I just couldn't imagine pretty perky boobs above a wrinkly saggy belly, So I went for the tummy tuck in July. At that time I already decided that I would get a lift after the tummy healed.
However, the more I thought about it the more I realized I didn't want a lift, I wanted a reduction. I want to be a C cup again, with the pretty bras...or no bra at all! So I thought what the heck, I'll submit a request to my insurance company. I've had years of back, neck and shoulder problems, but I didn't think it would be approved. I had planned on paying for the surgery out of pocket.
I was suprised when I received the approval letter. I immediately set up the pre-op appointment and scheduled the surgery date.
I'm not concerned about scarring, but I do worry about open wounds and infection. It seems I read a lot about wound separation and don't understand why that happens. It doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason to why some people will have it and others don't.
Anyway, my pre-op appointment is November 29th and I'm so excited. Then my surgery is set for December 20th. I realize it's awfully close to Christmas, but I scheduled it that way because I get approximately 2 weeks off during the holidays and I figure that would be enough time. I only took 12 days with the tummy tuck and did ok. I'll definiely have to get my shopping done early.
Went to a halloween party this past weekend. Of...
Went to a halloween party this past weekend. Of course we were in costume. I was genie and my hubby was the sultan. After looking at the photo's of us in our costumes I am so ready for this surgery. All you can see is big ole' ugly boobs. I think I should wear the same costume next year to see how much better it will look. In spite of the boobage we had a really fun time at the party, but my total focus is on being healthy and ready for my surgery. I'm jogging about 3 miles per day and on November 1st we're (hubby, neice and I) are going to start hitting the gym daily. We're all three working towards getting in really good shape. That's where I'm at on my journey. Hope all is well with everyone else.
Well, just a little over a month away now. I don't...
Well, just a little over a month away now. I don't know about any of you out there, but I watch a lot of programs on the HIstory Channel. Right now they are showing a lot of programs about the end of the world. The prediction of the end of the world or something big happening on December 21 has got me rattled. I know it's really dumb but nonetheless, who can control where our minds wander. My surgery is on the 20th and I keep thinking hmmm, is this a good idea? I'm really looking forward to this, but yet I've found myself being very short tempered, easily adgitated and sometime just plain b*tchy!
I've had dreams that don't make sense and leave me feeling down or depressed. I never had any of these feelings before my tummy tuck surgery. Maybe subconciously I'm feeling I got pretty lucky with the first surgery and shouldn't tempt fate. Then there are times when I just can't wait for the time to pass! I hate being one to wish time away as I feel life is too short as it is.
I've also been working 6 and 7 days a week for the past 3 months too and really need a rest. Things will slow down after Thanksgiving though, so maybe all this mental stress will vanish and I can enjoy the rest of the time preparing for surgery.
Anyway just had to unleash a little of these feelings. I suppose everyone goes through these mixed feelings from time to time. But thanks for reading anyway.
Well, it's getting closer. Tomorrow is my...
Well, it's getting closer. Tomorrow is my birthday, yeah I was born on Thankgiving...a real turkey! My poor mom. Anyway, I've only got to haul these jugs around 29 more days. I am so not ready for this, or I should say so not ready for the holidays. By scheduling surgery on the 20th of December I've cut 5 shopping days out. Go ahead and laugh but that's usually when I do my Christmas shopping! I just can't get motivated before that. I really need to get on the ball or no one will have gifts from me. I just can't bring myself to shop this weekend. I did the black Friday thing once, at one store, I freaked out and left the store swearing never to do it again. Maybe I'll just do everything online, or no...wait...better yet, give money....yeah, good thinking. Gift cards would be ok, but then I'd have to go find them. I think I saw some at the grocery store, there ya go. Done, shopping complete. I feel much better now.
One holiday down and it's getting closer! It was...
One holiday down and it's getting closer! It was my birthday and I just don't feel like I should be that old! I'm curious about this itching phenominom that several of you ladies have talked about post op. What causes it, where is it itching, how long does it last, etc? I have my pre op this Thursday and will get the low down on what he's thinking. I'm curious to find out how much he thinks he can take out. I would really like to be a c cup again.
Today is my pre op appt. I know it's not going to...
Today is my pre op appt. I know it's not going to be very eventful, but anything to do with the actual surgery is excited at the very least! I will find out how much out of pocket I will be paying. I'm hoping to get an idea of what he thinks he can take out. I will probably also get my scripts as well. I'm going to tell him I want the same concoction I had for my tummy tuck, that seemed to work pretty good. I had minimal nausea afterwards which is something I was really worried about. So anyhoo, I'm excited and will update after my appointment sometime. Hopefully everything is all still a go for the 20th.
Ok, now I'm really getting excited! Had my pre-op...
Ok, now I'm really getting excited! Had my pre-op appt. yesterday afternoon. I was running around like a mad woman yesterday trying to finish up with work (last minute details) so I would make my appointment on time. Of course I was 10 minutes late, but the PS office is so laid back and everyone is cool there.
First he asked what I was thinking, as far as size. I told him I wanted to be a C cup, he said "small, medium or large C?" I told him small to medium, lol. He said when he sent in the request to the insurance he requested 390 grams per boob and that would be easy to go down 2 cup sizes. Right now I wear a DD or DDD cup (depending on brand), but he said it looked more like a "full D". Course what the heck do I know, I just buy the bra.
He cracks me up though, sometimes I forget he's the doctor and talk to him like I would a friend. I guess that's ok, I don't know how he likes it, but seems like he;s cool. I asked him about nipples and if he will make them smaller. He said "why?, don't you lkie your nipples now?:" I said well, yeah they're ok, but just wondering if that was standard practice. He chuckled and said they look ok to me, I think they'll work.
After talking with him, I paid my part which came to $1665.00. That was my total out of pocket for the year. I made an appointment with the hospital on the 12th to schedule surgery. Such a rig-a-ma-role but it has to be done. Then I got all my scripts filled. Dr. Fleming is generous when it comes to pain or any other type of medication. I told him I wanted the same drug cocktail I had last time and he said no problem. I think the life saver was the one little pill called Amend. You take it 2 to 3 hours before surgery with a sip of water. It's anti nausea medication often used for cancer treatment. I didn't get sick to my stomach after the tummy tuck and I think that is why, plus he said they put anti nausea medication in the IV along with the anesthesia.
So now I just count down the days until.....whoo hoo!
Ok, so the PS said I would need to purchase my own...
Ok, so the PS said I would need to purchase my own after surgery bra. The lady that schedules appointments said not to spend a bunch of money, but rather go to Wal-mart and get a sports bra that closes in front. She said just get it to fit around and don't worry about cup size. So I went to Wal-mart and found a bra (if that's what you want to call it) and bought one of each color, white, gray and black. I tried them on and took a couple photos of the white one. I'm overflowing of course and they are uncomfortable, I'm hoping they will fit perfect after. Only 16 days and a wake up now. I've got so much to do, I think I'll do some deep cleaning around the house, just so that
Just one week left of waiting. I've gotten a few...
Just one week left of waiting. I've gotten a few gifts bought and will have to finish up this weekend because next week will just be a blur. Saturday is my wedding anniversary so we will go out and have a good time. I'm looking forward to that. Anyway, I'm really getting excited and of course worried. I'm worried that I'm going to be left weird looking. Size is not important, but shape sure is to me anyway.
Just days away now. Time is going so super fast...
Just days away now. Time is going so super fast it's scary. I'm so ready for this to be done and on the mend. I'm hoping all who are going in this week have super fast healing times (that includes me...tee hee). Well I should broaden that wish to encompass everyone period. I'm so hoping to get the results I've dreamt about. I look at pictures of others who start similar to my size and they look fantastic after, which only gets me more excited. Well, this day went faster than expected so I better move it along. Sending well wishes to all who need it!
Tomorrow's my big day. I'm at work today trying...
Tomorrow's my big day. I'm at work today trying to wrap everything up so I don't have worries for the next couple weeks. Monday and yesterday litterally flew by, so I'm sure today will also. I just have so much to get done and running out of time to get it done. I'm aslo expecting a phone call from the hospital to let me know what time my surgery is. They wait till the day before to let me know the time in case they have emergency surgeries that will take precedence. I'm really hoping it's early so I don't have to wait around without coffee or food. I'm sure I'll be sent home all wrapped up tomorrow so no need for pics of wrappings, but I have a post op on Friday afternoon and he'll take the bandages off and I'll be put in a bra, so maybe pic's on Friday or Saturday. Anyway, here is hoping you all are mending well and fast!
Ok, I got the call from the hospital. I need to...
Ok, I got the call from the hospital. I need to report to OR at 7:30am, so glad it's morning time. I just have to pshyc myself up tonight knowing I won't get to have my coffee in the morning. I will probably be so antsy without the coffee, hopefully I can sleep in a little. I usually get up around 4:30 but that will be a long time without the coffee to help wake me up. Well, wish me luck girls!
Well, it's all done and I'm home. Not too much...
Well, it's all done and I'm home. Not too much pain, just a little discomfort and pain killers are doing the trick. Here's my OR story:
Arrived to the hospital and got lost finding the surgery center, but made it in time for my scheduled time. I was only in the waiting room about 5 minutes before being taken back to the presurgery room. They put in the IV, got me all prepped and then the Doctor came in. The nurse told my husband he wuold have to step out while the art work was being done. The doctor saie he could stay if wanted to and of course he said yes. He's pretty impressed with Dr. Fleming to start with but was amazed at how he marked me up. The doctor asked again what I had in mind and I told him I don't care as long as they come out a matched set. He's got a twisted sense of humor though and said ok, A cup it is. I said well not that small, but a small to medium C cup would be awesome. It laughed and said that's very doable.
Then they administered a drug in my IV and don't remember anything until I was in recovery, like instant awake....always a weird feeling.They asked what my pain was and I said 5 or 6 I guess and they gave me a wonder drug to ease the pain and it did. after I ate a coupld crackers and water that tasted so yummy they wheeled me to another room. The nurse there was kinda dingy but very nice, just dingy...lol I got dressed and was home about 11:30 am.
I feel really good and I think the girls are good too. They deffinitly look way smaller, but I'm still all wrapped up. I have a post op this afternoon and he might take them out today. Doc said I might get the drains out today, but if not he said he'd open the office on the weekend to take them out, so I won't have to lug drains around on Christmas. He's the best! I will post pic's this afternoon after the wrapping comes off and we can see his handy work. Ta ta for now!
I'm thrilled! I had my post op this afternoon...
I'm thrilled! I had my post op this afternoon where the doc pulled out the drains (not a pleasant experience) and said everything looked good. He loosely wrapped gauze around me and I put on the sports bra. He said I could shower tomorrow and if I had any problems to give him a call. I'm thrilled because they are just what I wanted, smaller and perfectly matched. I know they will change and drop and all that but what a difference already in neck and shoulder relief. I didn't think that was really possible. I think my new profile makes me look younger, but then again I'm on some pretty good drugs right now....lol.I think I will hold off on picture updates tomorrow. I'm beat and wanna take a nap right now. Talk atcha later.
Feeling pretty good. Just some pangs here and...
Feeling pretty good. Just some pangs here and there, but love the new size. I know I need to take it easy but I have lots of energy and am no way as bad off as when I had the tummy tuck. I've added a few photos, they aren't pretty but I definitely see potential. I'm very happy with the turn out. My neice freaked out on how small they were, but that was my goal and it feels good.
The pain I'm having right now compares to when I suffered from PMS. It's been a while since I had that but totally tolerable. I'm sleeping about every 3 to 4 hours and just taking it easy. I couldn't be happier. Best wishes to all of you gals in my same boat!!
Doctor gave the ok for a shower today, I'm going to relish that.
I could not stay asleeep for anything! I woke up...
I could not stay asleeep for anything! I woke up every hour on the hour. My back was hurting from being stuck in the same position for so long. I finally gave up and went out and slept in the recliner. Of course then I had a dog in my lap, one at the foot and a cat staring at me like I was neglecting him.
I am in very little pain, just the occasional twinge here and there, but they are few and far between. I think I'll try to hold off on pain meds today and try and stay awake longer. I think that was my problem last night, I slept too much during the day.
Anyway, I really love the new boobs. They are adorable and firm....very nice. I can't wait to shop. I will post a few more pics in a day or two just for comparison. Hope all of you are doing well and are as happy as I am!
I really love the new me, but I wear myself out...
I really love the new me, but I wear myself out during the day then fall asleep around 6:00pm and then awake again at 2:00am. So here it is 4:00am and I'm bored because no one else is up but the cats and they are more interested in each other than me. Any way I was just thinking how many new outfits I will be able to wear that i never could before. Just wearing a sports bra and having it look good is way cool to me. I wish I could just wear it around and nothing else...lol. I think others would be a little disgusted though. I'm beginning to get the itches though, and if it gets much worse I think I'll go mad. I have to fight the urge to keep going to the restroom and looking at myself. Does anyone else feel that way? When I went for my post op appt. I told the Dr. I was pleased, but I didn't stress how pleased I was. My next appt. is on the 2nd and I will most suredly express my happiness at that time. Well, I'm going to start another pot of coffee. Ta ta for now.
Whew what a rough Christmas eve. I wore myself...
Whew what a rough Christmas eve. I wore myself out, plain and simple. TMI but I hadn't had a bowel movement since the morning of surgery (Dec. 20th) and I started getting severe gut cramps right at dinner time. Of course the whole freakin' family was there and I had to keep excusing myself to get things under control. On top of that I didn't take any pain medication all day because I didn't want to sleep all day and be awake all night like I have been lately. It all caught up to me about 7:00pm. I finally had to admit I'm not superworman and take some meds to knock me the heck out. But then I woke up about every hour dying of thirst. Thankfully I had my Brita water bottle at the ready. Eventually things finally broke loose in the digestive region however and I'm feeling much better this morning, thank goodness! Of course the house is a wreck as I had to leave the party just as it was amping up, but at least they tried to clean things up a little. I wish I could say I was taking it easy today but I need to go visit my mother, daughter and family and sisters to deliver gifts. It's about a 45 minute drive and maybe I can sleep while hubby drives. We shall see. Anyway, I had the hubby take updated photos so hopefully I can upload them on this dinosaur of a computer. Apparently that's what he bought me for Christmas, a new computer, which didn't arrive in time. I told him not to get me anything since the boobs were the only thing I wanted, but he did it anyway. Ahyhow, hope all of you are having a wonderful Christmas so far. Tata for now.
Yesterday was rough, but got through it. I...
Yesterday was rough, but got through it. I decided to bag the valium, take a percocet and an over the counter sleep aid and I finally was able to get some rest last night. I never sleep all through the night, but I was able to go back to sleep after waking up. That did me so much good it's unbelievable. I don't even need the pain killers, but don't know what to take when I do get achy. I guess I can read my after care instructions and follow those....when in doubt, read the directions...lol.
I'm going to give it a few days before uploading new pic's as they don't seem to be changing much. Another thing I noticed about my posts is that I thought I was being so cool and in control when typing after surgery, but man talk about typo's lol. I guess I was a little loopier than I thought. Anyway, you gals have a great day and continue healing!
Well it's 10 days out and I'm feeling pretty good....
Well it's 10 days out and I'm feeling pretty good. I got really fed up with the sports bra last night so just put on a cammi to sleep in. I slept very well. I did notice a bit of gunk on the cammi under the left breast this morning. I'm not sure if I want to put the bra back on or not. The doctor said the bra was not for support but more for protection. So what's the difference between a loose sports bra and a cammi? I don't see the doctor again until the 2nd, but I think I'll play it safe and wear the bra during the day and the cammi to sleep in. I still have the itching going on, but it's way worse when wearing the bra. Well, hope all is well with everyone...will update after my appointment on the 2nd. That will be the 2 week mark.
I had a follow up appointment yesterday. The...
I had a follow up appointment yesterday. The doctor asked if I was sick and tired of the tape yet and I said yes of course. He removed all but 2 strips. He said to leave the two supporting the vertical incision for another week as those are pressure points. He then suggested using some ointment to keep the skin soft and help remove any dried blood. He also snipped the ends of some of the sutures he uses. He explained how they were all done and put together and that they are disolving. I told him about the itching and he seemed surprised, but said it could be a combination of healing and a reaction to the glue he used. He said he used it with me on the tummy tuck and I didn't have a reaction at that time. I have noticed that since I finished the antibiotics that the itching has diminished.
However last night I hit a wall and was down for the count! I don't know if it was one thing or a combination of things that caused it but I was a hurting unit and ended up taking a percoset to ease the pain. First off I started back to walking in the morning yesterday, but took it easy, only about 20-25 min walk. Then it was the first day back to work, which is very light duty...desk job, paper pushing and what-not, however it is a 45 minute drive (longest I've driven since operation). And even though it's a relatively sedentary job, I was using my arms and hands a lot. I only worked 6 hours as I had my appt. in the afternoon.
Then the doctor was poking, snipping and pulling tape. So it could have been a combination of all those things but I could barely sleep last night. I had to take that freakin' sports bra off and sleep with just a soft pj top on. I woke up this morning feeling tired but much less pain. That was the worst night I've had, including the night of surgery!
They are looking better every day though and I'm still thrilled with the results. I will be glad when I can ditch these sports bras for good and get cute real ones. When people ask why I did it I tell them I was tired of buying bras to hold my boobs up and would rather buy boobs to hold a bra up. I think I got what I wanted. Best wishes to all of you on the mend and good vibes to all of you still waiting.
Recovery is coming along pretty good. Been...
Recovery is coming along pretty good. Been without the tape for about 4 days now, and so far so good. I started back to the gym this past Monday, and it wasn't too bad. I did about 25 minutes of cardio and then worked lower body two days and abs every day. My abs were killing me after that first day. It's been awhile since doing any ab work. It seems like three weeks is the thresh hold to back to normalcy. I started feeling better/different on the three week mark almost to the hour. Wonder why that is...hmmm. Anyway, I feel way good, will continue to work out and am on a mission to try and lose 10 to 15 lbs before the end of March. We are going to Sandals Montego Bay, and I want to look as good as I possibly can by then.
It's been 6 weeks and 3~4 days since my surgery...
It's been 6 weeks and 3~4 days since my surgery and I'm doing very well. I had a 6 week check up on Friday and other than a little spit stitch on my right T incision that he removed I'm good to go. He won't see me for 6 months, unless I have unforseen problems. I'm back to doing most everything I usually do. I am having a hard time dealing with bras. I don't really want to wear one and most of the time I don't...lol. However there are times when it's necessary. I mean I love my young looking boobs, but they kind of contrast the rest of me when I'm nipping out in public. My husband and I are going to Montego Bay next month and usually I tan before I go to lessen the chance of burning while on vacation. I'm trying to figure out what to wear in the tanning booth that will protect my scars from tanning and yet not give me too many tan lines. What did everyone else do for tanning? I know, I know, tanning is way bad but I really don't want to chance burning and I know staying in an all inclusive resort where the alcohol runs freely I will forget to put on sunscreen at least once during my stay.
I also got a statement from my insurance that doesn't quite match up to medical bills. I'm going to have to call the hospital for an itemized bill on Monday, something seems a little fishy to me. I'm not going to get too worked up about it yet, will wait to see how it all falls out. Anyway, just wanted to post my new pics and wish everyone going in good luck and all those on the other side fast healing!
Well, it's been a little over 3 1/2 months and I'm...
Well, it's been a little over 3 1/2 months and I'm still very happy with my results. We just returned from a vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica and I was able to wear any braless dress I wanted. It felt great to be able to just put on anything I wanted to wear. Swim suits now fit and I don't worry about revealing too much. I don't even care if my scars show, if they (general public) don't like my battle scars, they don't have to look. Still the greatest decision I've ever made. Best of luck to all you gals.
Dr. Fleming performed my tummy tuck and I couldn't be more pleased. He gave me a very confident feeling when we discussed breast reduction. He said he's done about 5,000 of these surgeries and has a great success rate.
So far so good, minimal pain, He has agreed to come to the office on the weekend if I need my drains taken out or any other problems that might arise.
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