Surgery: Breast Reduction & Breast Lift Date of...
Date of Surgery: December 6, 2013
Insurance covered Reduction, I paid breast lift portion Cost $2,200.00
Age: 40 Height: 5' 2" Weight: 152 Bra Size: 38 H
Location: San Diego, California
I have had approval for a Reduction from 2 separate Insurance Companies twice now. Once at age 36 & again at age 40. I did not find it difficult to obtain approval. However, I put quite a bit of effort into it.
Day 1 Friday - Surgery Day: Check in Time was 7:30am, Surgery scheduled for 8:30am. BY 8:30 I still had not seen my surgeon. I was the first surgery of the day. Possibly he was sending quality time with his family :) Had to tell dear husband to keep his mouth shut about the wait. I had waited for years to have this done.. a few minutes longer was not a big deal.
PS Picasso arrived to mark his canvas :) It was quite a lot of markings. I wish now I had had my husband snap a shot of it on his phone.
The last thing I remember is telling the OR staff I was submitting my paperwork that afternoon to the IBTC. They looked at me quizzically & I responded well the Itty Bitty Titty Committee of course! :)
When I woke from the surgery I thought they had not begun, but soon realized I was not in the same room. I was not nauseas. My Anasteasiologist (sp) gave me something just before he brought me back. He said it was new, a pain reliever that contained Tylenol. What ever it was it worked.. I was awake quickly.. asked for something to drink & to pee. Within minutes they called my husband to let him know I was in recovery & ready to go home. They dressed me & when he got there.. they wheeled me out. Honestly I felt like it was too fast for a release after surgery; maybe I had been in recovery for a while & didn't realize it.. but hey what do I know.
I was not in much pain, just uncomfortable. They advised me to use ice for the first 24 hrs straight. When I arrived home changed into jammies got in bed with my bags of frozen peas & had me a little nap. Throat was sore from the breathing tube & I was super thirsty all day. Honesty Day 1 was great. I took only half of my recommended dose of pain meds Oxycodone with Tylenol I took a full dose that night to help sleep. Day 1 was uneventful & overall really good. Instructions were to stay wrapped until my post op appt on wed the following week. I was wrapped in gauze & a very tight surgical bra. I was allowed to add gauze as needed for any oozing, but not to unwrap.
Day 2 - Saturday.. I woke in the middle of the night around 3 am with leg & feet cramps & a stomach ache. In the morning I had a slight headache. The pain was manageable so I stuck with Tylenol in the am however my headache progressed to a full blown migraine by early afternoon. Mid afternoon I took a full dose of pain med mainly to combat the migraine. The rest of the day was good.. no pain with exception to headache.
Day 3 - Sunday woke again with headache. Husband realized it may be due to the fact I had not had any coffee for 2 days.. So I had my coffee that morning & wouldn't you know my headache disappeared. :) Pain was really unsubstantial. I took only Tylenol on day 3 moved from the bed to the couch; just to sit up & went for a slow walk around the block with my husband in the late afternoon.
Day 4 Monday.. I woke feeling really good. Decided a little work at the office might be good for me. I woke had my coffee iced the girls, got dressed put on a hat took my Tylenol & drove to the office. When I arrived I was pretty spent. Thankfully I have an office job so l lay on my couch for a bit & did a little work.. only stayed 2 hrs. as my PS called & wanted to see me that day. I went home at noon & took a nap & drove to his office later that afternoon for the unveiling. Which I almost passed out when they unwrapped me. Honestly I have seen the photos I knew what to expect.. I did a brief glance, but other than that I really didn't look too closely.. I still had to drive home!
Day 5 - Tuesday.. felt awesome. Put in a full 8 hrs at the office & on my way home stopped to do a little sweater shopping :) shhh oh & had my first shower. I almost passed out in the shower boobs felt so "weird" and looking at them has lead me to believe that my PS must have had some type of class with Dr Frankenstein.. at least a sewing class.. holy Jesus.. my boobs are a puke fest.. I will NOT be looking anymore!
Day 6 & Day 7 updates
Day 7 Thursday..
Feel good.. However my comfort level has severly decresed. Today I can definately "feel" that I have had my breasts sutured to my breast wall. The pull is enoungh to go from minor discomfort to ok.. I am definately not comfortable anymore. Still only on Tylenol.. iced a good portion of the day.. I did put in a full day at the office today & made it in early :) so that was a plus... My mom is headed to town to help out around the house & likely decorate the tree.. under my "supervsion" of course. Not as tired today.. just less comfortable.. Shower tonight since Mom & husband will be home.. I bet they fight over who gets to come help or dosen't have to come help is more like it :)
Day 8 - 11 Update
Friday was a great morning. Woke feeling really good. My shower last night as short lived, don't like the girls being braless. Im quick, I don't look! Energy level was great until about noon.. my staff said I suddenly looked like I was extremely tired.. so I wrapped up for the day & went home & took a nap. My son's football team had made the state championship playoffs so we had a home football game friday evening to attend. Quite chilly out, felt nice on the girls.. but was ready for the night to be over.. they lost so the season has ended.. kinda glad.. it was a long football season! :) can't imiagine fitting in another game before Christmas!
Day 9 - Saturday:
Satuday slept in, had a morning hair appt at the beauty salon. Apparently I had not been getting out all the shampoo & conditioner. Was nice to have my hair professionally washed & styled. If you have the mney I highly recomend doing this. I saved my normal cut & color for this appointment specifically. We also had a Christmas party to attend later that evening so I made sure to fit in a nap.. First time really out for anyone to "see" . The Christmas party was fabulous I felt really good. Had some champagne not to much & was home & in bed by 11:30pm but my friends all thought my boobes were great.. even though I am pulled tight & bra stuffed with gauze. I took nothing for pain.. as I was pain free.. :)
Day 10 - Sunday
Slept in again :) and deicded to do some light christmas shopping with my mom while she was in town. After an hour of walking around I told her we had to go have a nice long lunch I really needed to sit down & rest. After lunch I felt rejuvinated & we hit a couple more stores & both had pedicures. I cannot tell you how fabulous Ithe massage chair was or having my feet rubbed.. AMAZiNG!!! I think I need to remove my polish & go again ;)
Day 11 - Monday
Feeling more tire today. I am at the office all day today. Just taking it easy... need a shower tonight.. so hoping I can snap sme photos.. & maybe really get a good look after :) I feel like the girls are "boxy" super high.. its so bizzare to look down & see my feet.. on the down side I have noticed a belly.. something i had not really noticed before.. will have to work on that whne I can start working out again in 6 weeks.. I am over my stitches .. that is the most uncomfortable part. Still have to wait another week before they are removed.. maybe the shape will get better after that. Going to have me a nap at the office in a few & do some more light work & then head home.. over all I feel good.. although I have much less energy.. maybe over did it this weekened a bit.
Day 12 - Tuesday
update post op Days 12-18
A few new photos.. I was cleaning my bedroom & found my bag that I was sent home from the surgery center with. they actually gave me photos of my cups of bob.. gross... but interesting!
I get my stitches out this afternoon.. I cannot wait!! I had a dream last night the Dr decded I should keep them in for awhile longer... hello.. NIGHTMARE!! I just hope I don't pass out when they take them out.. I am squimish.. and I have only barely peeked at my photos.. let alone my boobies! :)
Confirmed Grams removed 2300!!
breast lift name..
anyone experiencing this?
5 weeks post op
6 weeks post op
8 weeks post op
Otherwise, life for me has pretty much returned to "normal" I am still not lifting anything or doing housework. My husband and my teenagers have been doing an ok job there.. I may do some dusting this weekend, because there dusting skills leave very little to be desired! :)But I truly feel like I could pretty much do anything and be fine.. but I am a "good girl" and will wait until I get the full relase from my PS. I am so ready to do an actual workout.. push ups, jumping jacks for RUNNING! I just think it will be so easy now! :)
I have included some photos to show progression.. I like to be able to compare & see that I am really "healing"
8 1/2 week post op PS Visit
I am scheduled to go back in 2 mos. He did not like the puckering (thank god) in my right breast. So I am going to continue with massage in hopes that it contiunes to release itself. And we will check it in 2 months and make a decision on whether or not to procede with scar revision. Which he says he thinks he can do in his office in an afteroon with a local. At the same time if the left nipple has not healed itself he wil take some of my fat and plump up the small indentation in the nipple where the scab was! :)
As for the white-ish stuff that was under my skin int eh left nipple.. its fat that came to the surface & was sitting just under my skin.. he gave it a small squeeze some came out. He said when I got home I could continue with the same.. I got it all out. Came out like a pimple (GROSS).. all gone this morning though.. . ..
Im feeling pretty darn good.. I suppose at some point I should go bra shopping.. it was something I always hated doing. Honestly I am still not looking forward to that.
well 2 hrs til run time.. literally.. I am just hoping our rain holds off till after my run. I've always hated running.. I wonder if that feeling will be the same ;) but minus Bouncing Betties I am hopeful I might actually enjoy it.
12 1/2 weeks update
I have decided thatwhile running is MUCH easier.. while the breast no longer almost knock me out.. it feels really good.. I am not really a fan of running! Oh well.. I had to purchase a much sturdier bra for my P90X & Insanity workouts. It was quite pricey $70 but it works really well. The jumping jacks at first were quite uncomfrtable.. but I changed into a better support sport bra & everything was fine.
I am beginning t get sensation back in my right nipple. I would not describe the sensation as a god one, its quite uncomfortable actually. It comes and goes so at least it is not constant. It bothers me the most in the shower if somehow I get one spray perfectly in that area.. I try to avoid that.. and I still shy from my husband hugs. Just a bit sensitive.
Added some photos that I took from home this morning before I left for work. I do have to say the puckering in my right breast seems to be settling down, looks better But now that I started working out my scar in the left breast has started to sread. So will have my PS look at both of thse on April 2 for possible scar revision & see what he says. Other than that all is well..
Marena B2 Surgical Bra
This bra was given to me by the Surgery Center not my PS. This I know because when I went to my 1st follow up appointment the Nurse said to me, wow what a fancy contraption you have there my dear. I looked quizzically at him and said, um I’m pretty sure you guys put me in this; It’s been on me since I woke from Surgery. His response, well you must have had surgery at a surgery center.. That said.. this bra has it’s ups and downs.. but I’m going to rate it as an A+. It fit extremely secure and is vest-like. This was perfect for right after surgery. You want zero movement and everything held super secure this did the job perfectly well. A couple of downsides are.. you may want another bra to alternate in and out of a rotation. The seams laying in the same place all of the time after the 1st week started to drive me insane. I wore it constantly the 1st week post op and then later for security while sleeping at night for the 1st month. After you are no longer oozing the bra material is scratchy up against the scars.
Annette Surgical Bra
I purchased this on my own on Amazon.com and am very glad I dic. The material is a soft cotton like feel. Feels less “vest like” has a racer back style instead of the “vest” feel. Easy Close front. I bought the 36D before surgery because honestly I thought I was going to end up bigger than I came out. I really had to beg my PS to get them as small as possible. It was pretty big at first… but when putting in my ABD as.. fit good. Liked stuffing my bra for once! I am still wearing this bra I find it extremely comfortable and now that my breasts are “dropping” into a more natural shape the D kinda fits.
My PS gave me some of these at my 1st office visit and when I asked where I could get more, they said I probably would not be able to find them and gave me a small stock pile to take with me. I personally like a challenge and it wasn’t to hard to find on Amazon.com I got a box of 25 for just under $7.00 with my prime membership. I also purchased a case of Neosporin at the same time with 3 boxes. I did not ooze to much, I still have a box left over. I did use these even afterwards when my scars were bothering me. They are very soft .. contain no latex and I found the oozing didn’t stick to them like glue either, which trust me is helpful.
Sport Bra – Moving Comfort Rebound Racer
This I purchased at Dicks Sporting Goods for around $52.00. I was out the door for about $60. It has no underwire but the most amazing support and racer back that will with stand workouts like Insanity, P90X, Jillian Michael Body Revolution and T25. It was the best investment and trust me I have put it through the test. I went with a crazy color because let’s face it now I can.. no more nude or back or white! I wear it under a loose workout racer back tank top so you can see it and looks cute under any color tank top!! I love it. Finally a sports bra I can show off and not be embarrassed.
4 months post op
I will continue to update. So far my experience with my Dr Batra has been great. I am still currently under his care & don't expect this to change.. However, could give him more stars :) - I did give him more stars and if more were available I would... lets give him a perfect 10!! I am super happy with my results and would definately see him agaim should the need arise. Stellar Surgeon!!