Breast Reduction in SF - San Francisco, CA
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I'm 57 years old, 5'7" and weigh...
- 18 Feb 2012
- 8 days pre
I'm 57 years old, 5'7" and weigh around 180. I wear a (tight) 42DDD bra. I've been wanting a breast reduction for about 15 years -- my breasts grew to excessive size in my 40s. Tho I've always been on the busty side, in my 40s my upper back and shoulders started to be pulled out of shape. lots of pain around my shoulder blades. I had enough money in savings to pay for this, but my insurance came through for 60%, because I chose an out-of-network doctor.
(I live in a small town and wanted someone female and more experienced than are available here.) The plastic surgeon offered a free consult, and I was very favorably impressed with her. My pre-op was a few days ago, and I got the fistful of prescriptions filled today. I was quite anxious before the pre-op, but everything was explained to me in detail, and now I know what to expect, and i dont Feel as nervous. I'm scheduled for surgery on Monday, February 27, and will be at my sister's till the 1st post-op appointment (she lives a little closer to SF than I do).
Feb. 28, 2012 It's done! I like what I see so...
- 28 Feb 2012
- 1 day post
It's done! I like what I see so far. I haven't taken a close look inside the dressings/bra, except to follow the doctor's instruction to check the color of my nipples -- pink and getting good blood flow, not purple or black. I have a drain in on each side, and they are simple to empty and "reset". The vicodin makes me sleepy and kind of loopy, but the highest my pain has been when it wears off has been about a 5 out of 10.
Bless my RN sister who's taking really good care of me. Today we will be leaving our hotel for her house (about 2.5 hours away), and I will stay there till my post-op visit next Tuesday.
Dr. Rajagopal and her staff were very kind and helpful. This doctor has a lovely manner, energetic and warm, and whenever I can take a look at her work, I'll report back on that.
It's day 4 post-surgery, and I'm feeling pretty...
- 2 Mar 2012
- 4 days post
2 weeks post-op today. I still have the stitches...
- 12 Mar 2012
- 13 days post
From what I recall the doc saying in the post-op visit, she took almost 900 grams from my left breast and about 700 from the right. The left definitely had more bruising, and the nipple on that side is still discolored. She had mentioned that the left breast was large enough to put the nipple on that side at risk because the pedicle (tissue and blood vessels that remain connected) would be very long, and the circulation might not be as good as it should be. I will see her again on the 21st, and meanwhile I'm taking homeopathic arnica and tylenol for the (minor) pain.
When I get copies of my "before" photos from the doc, I will post them.
March 21 was my latest post-op visit. Left breast...
- 31 Mar 2012
- 1 month post
March 31 -- there is still a crescent-moon of un-healed, scabbed area around my left areola. Still putting the antibiotic ointment on 3x a day. Lately what has been bugging me more tho, are two clumps of flesh, one at each of the under-arm ends of the incisions. All the bras I have (seven at last count!) rub or pinch in that area. I'm REALLY hoping that those areas will settle down, perhaps when the ends of the stitches come out.
I'm also feeling ambivalent about the shape of the left breast and what looks like a thick white scar along the sternum edge of the breast, but is actually a wrinkle or a length of empty skin, I'm assuming from fat die-off. :-(
But I'm still very happy when I can sit up in bed comfortably or when I catch sight of myself in a shop window. Then I think, "Much better!"
3 months out, I'm finally all healed up. The left...
- 25 May 2012
- 3 months post
My breasts are starting to settle a bit and feel a bit more natural in that there's more motion, although there are still areas within that are thick or hard, likely from the 3 layers of stitches. I'm hoping that they all soften over time.
I've had a very good experience with Dr. Rajagopal. At 2 weeks, I love the results. She was available by cell phone and answered my questions post-op. I would have preferred to have been billed for whatever my insurance didn't cover, but as it was I had to pay the full cost up front, trusting that I will be reimbursed by the practice when the insurance payment arrives. I was flummoxed by the request that I bring my own sports bra to the surgical appointment -- had no idea what size to buy, of course, and the one I brought was too big and had to be packed with gauze. I think an office-supplied surgical bra would be nicer.