The Best Decision I Ever Made - Salem, VA

So hello ladies. I am a 30 year old female from...

So hello ladies. I am a 30 year old female from Virginia. I am 6'0 about 240lbs (I know that sounds huge but if you see me I dont look that big) At the time I made the decision to have a breast reduction my bra size was a 40H. I had serious back aches, alot of tension in my neck and of course the caved in shoulders. I met with a surgeon that came highly reccommended and decided to have her contact my insurance to get the approval. It only took Anthem a week to approve me and from there we got the ball rolling. I had never been so excited in my life but nervous at the same time. The one thing that got me excited was the thought of being able to purchase bras out of Victorias Secret and not ordering them from Lane Bryant. The thought of cuter tops also excited me. Also I have had the battle of weight gain and trying to lose it but my large breast got in the way of my workouts. So all of those things motivated me to get the ball rolling.

The things that scared me most was the possibility of complications, the fact I would have scars, and the recovery process itself but obviously it didnt stop me. On 12/3 at 8:30 am I had the breast reduction done. My surgery lasted about 3 hours and when I woke up, even though I was in alot of pain I felt 100% lighter and all the neck back and shoulder pain was gone. Dont get me wrong the inital pain was very bad but nothing I couldnt handle. My Dr made me stay in the hospital over nighy due to me being a larger female. But within 1 hour I was up using the restroom on my on and walking around the hallways of the hospital. I also had drain tubes on each side of my breast which werent the most pleasnt thing but they served their purpose well. Two days post op I went back to the Dr she took my tubes out and told me everything looked good. The most exciting part of that visit was putting my new boobs into a D cup sports bra. Something I hadnt done since before I had my son. Now to the wonderful world of recovery. I have had on and off pain which I have dealt with pretty well with the help of pain medication. The first time I tried to shower I was a disaster and scared out my mind. So I went to doing really good wash ups everyday. Last night I took a shower and just held on to the boobs and I was fine. I am only 7 days post op and I still have alot of my paper stitches and I know I have a long road to full recovery. The only con I have is that my energy level is completly gone. I cant do but a little at a time. I havent drove yet but I have been out and about here and there. The one thing I wish I knew before hand is this website. I think if I would have had more people to talk to it would have calmed my nerves better

So I am on day 8 from recovery and even though my...

So I am on day 8 from recovery and even though my pain level Ian decreasing I am still having alot of pain under my arms. Is there anyone that has also experienced this type of pain? I am also still swollen and none of the tape has come off. Thankfully I see my Dr. tomorrow because I have so many questions.

Thank you for posting your review!!  I am very glad to have you here with us and look forward to being her with you on your journey.  

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So I went to the doctor yesterday and I am now 9...

So I went to the doctor yesterday and I am now 9 days post op. Today I am experiencing alot of pain in my arms and soreness that I haven't felt during this recovery. If I am not better tomorrow I will be calling my surgeon. On a good note the incisions are healing up perfectly and the strips are gradually coming off. I am so anxious to see what the scaring is going to be like. Any suggestions on what to use on scars to make them less noticeable?

So I am almost 2 weeks post op and first I was...

So I am almost 2 weeks post op and first I was noticing some new bruising that showed up. That seems to be fading away but under my right breast towards the underarm near the scar it was hard as a rock but not painful at all. Last night I rubbed it some and it felt much softer today. Has anyone else experienced this? I can't wait to call my surgeon tomorrow. I hope everything is ok

So I am 2 1/2 weeks post op and I went back to...

So I am 2 1/2 weeks post op and I went back to work today and I am beat. The soreness kicked in and there was nothing I could do but deal with it. Granted I work 12 hour shifts at a sit down job but it still takes a toll on your body. My scars are so so. I have just been using vitamin E oil. Does anyone have any suggestions of stuff to use. I am so glad I had this done because my back/shoulder/neck pain is gone. I spent so many years with my 40H affecting those areas that I am still learning to sit upright comfortably and I had a tendency to hold my shoulders up in effort to hold the girls up. They say old habits die hard and I have some serious areas to work on lol. Hope everyone that is either having upcoming surgery or post op like myself are doing well.
Thanks Kimmers25 for allowing me to share my story feels good to have a outlet of others who understand me.
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Oh we are here for you 24/7 and do understand.  Keep the posts and updates coming.  

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So I am about 3 1/2 weeks post op and I feel so...

So I am about 3 1/2 weeks post op and I feel so good. I am ready to get back in the gym and lose some weight now. The only problem I am really having is the itching. Omg I want to just scratch so bad lol. Hope everyone else are having successful recovery. I will post pictures as soon as I figure out how to.
very happy for you. to hear your recovery go so well.!! oxp
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Thank you so much Natalierw its been a challenge but one well worth it.
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So I am 5 weeks and a few days post op and can say...

So I am 5 weeks and a few days post op and can say its been a smooth ride the last few weeks. Even though I wasn't supposed to I went and worked our today. I only did cardio and it felt so good to work out. I definitely felt lighter and not ashamed to work out. The only problem I have been having is the vitamin E oil made my skin rash out around the scars but I started using shea butter and that all went away. I still have some itching but not around my incisions feel more so internally. Hope everyone is well. Happy 2013!!
Glad you're doing well. But be careful with working out and make sure not to overdo it....You're still healing and your body needs plenty of rest! o:)
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So I am over 7 weeks post op and I am still...

So I am over 7 weeks post op and I am still absolutely in love with the results. I feel lighter I feel more confident and I don't regret this for one second. I did have what appeared to be a blister on my left nipple but it wasn't a blister. Which I know that doesn't make sense. It was more so on the incision line of the nipple and it never hurt or irritated me and all of a sudden the skin came off. But again not painful just a little blood and it healed just fine. I have not went for my official I am healed resume normal activity. I actually don't go back until 1/30 which will be at 8 weeks. I will post before and after pictures as soon as I figure out. I hope everyone is having success with their surgeries.
Dear Virgo82, I am scheduled for surgery on February 21 with Dr. Wray and I was so happy to hear that you have had good results! I live in Lynchburg, but wasn't comfortable with the doctor I saw here, so I decided to go out of town and I found Dr. Wray. I have only had one appointment with her, but am scheduled for preop appointment in about two weeks. I know you are relieved to have the surgery behind you, your picture looks great! I have been hung up about the sports bra. How did you know what size to buy and did you buy it before or after the surgery?
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Glad to hear you're doing so well. As for scars my PS recommends taping them for 3 months to reduce scarring.
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Thanks agab511 I am taking it easy sticking to cardio for now.
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8 weeks post op and I feel amazing. I saw my...

8 weeks post op and I feel amazing. I saw my surgeon and she said everything was good to go and I was able to go back to working out and doing whatever I Want. I am so impressed with my results. I do have scars underneath and along the sides but if I was worried about scars I would have never had the surgery. I can say I never had any major issues and I am so thankful for that.
Clm123 your going to love Dr.Wray she is amazing. I only had 2 appointments the consultation appointment and the pre op appointment. The surgery had me nervous but it went well. She made me stay overnight and it was ok they took great care of me. The sports bra was the best thing that ever happened. One because I think the fact I could wear one again lol. But I waited til after my surgery to purchase one. I actually went to Dicks sporting goods right before my follow up and got one. I ended up getting a under armour one and I based the size on what my band size was. It was difficult at first cause it was tight but it supported me well. She will tell you to get the zip front which I had difficulty finding a variety. I did find some at Wal-Mart but they weren't very supportive. I also got a few from Sears too. I will be honest I hate wearing a regular bra now lol. I feel more comfortable in my sport bras but I know all that means is that I have to get used to a regular bra again. I wish you the best of luck and feel free to contact me anytime.
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I think I am going to try that. Thanks
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