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Finally Getting It Done! - Santa Cruz, CA

After wanting this for 10 yrs, I finally have a...

After wanting this for 10 yrs, I finally have a date set. I'm 60 yrs young and a 38 G. So tired of all the neck and shoulder pain. Not afraid at all. I had a tummy tuck a few yrs ago and the pain was not bad at all. Husband is super supportive, which really helps. I hope to be a C cup approx. when done. Looking forward to losing the grooves in my shoulders.

10 days until surgery!

So far, I'm not nervous. Probably too busy at work so I can take off 3 weeks! I have my pre-op in 3 days. So many things to remember to discuss with my surgeon. Thankful for this forum to help me make lists of my questions. Thank you all. I will update again after pre-op. Bye!

Pre-op today!

It's becoming real...excited and sleeping a little more fitfully.
So many things to do still. Get prescriptions filled, clean the house, 4 more days to work, and groceries. I'll be glad when it's over. Pre-op went fine. Had to have blood drawn, urine test, and she did a breast exam and an all over once over. Told doc I really want to be at the biggest a C cup. She thinks it is realistic.yay! I got a lesson in how to deal with the drains. They should only be in one day. The surgery center changed my time from 6:30 am to 7am arrival time. Not a big deal. I will update again before I go! This is going to be great!

Thank you all!

I forgot to say thank you to you all! I feel much more prepared for the experience since I have you all on my side! Xxx

Tomorrow is the day!

Finally heading to surgery tomorrow at 7:30am. Talked to the anesthesiologist tonight. It's a woman and she was very nice. I feel better just talking to her. Kind of getting a little nervous. Took my shower tonight with antibacterial soap and again in the morning. House is clean and I am ready as I can be. Bought groceries, did the laundry. Lets do this!!

Took these pictures the night before surgery.

Can't wait to have small boobs!

All done!

I got to the surgery center at 7:30 am, was put into a gown, marked up by my doctor, met the anasthesiologist, got my iv, and off I went. Don't remember anything until after surgery of course. Had some pain, but the nurses were great about fixing me up. Was home by 2:30 pm. Haven't seen them yet, but going to get my drains out in the morning. No pain really. I will post after shots later. Thank goodness for this site and all the support. Xxx

2nd day post op

I got to take a shower today and I like what I see! No pain really, just sensitive to the touch. No zingers...so glad I did this!

How much did she take out?

I forgot to mention that my PS took 700g out of each breast! Looks like I will be pretty small! That's what I wanted and I have no regrets.

4days post op

I'm now only taking Tylenol during the day and my heavy duty percoset at night so I can sleep better since I'm a side sleeper and that's out for now.the only pain I have is if I have to bend over at all. Very sensitive boobies. The patch behind my ear for nausea worked great. Still have it on. In 3 days I have the stitches out around the nipples. Taking the drains out didn't hurt at all, just heard a suction sound and they were out.

I am off work until the 9th so hopefully I will be ready to get back to it. I can lift my arms up but if I bend over to pick something up, it's not good.feels like they will fall off. I will update more in a few days. Happy healing!

Strange to shower...

This morning when I got in the shower, I had to look down to make sure I had actually taken all my clothes off! Lol Very weird feeling like I'm wearing a strong corset style bra, but I have nothing on! Also, there were no giant boobs swaying...????

2nd post op appt. today

Had some of the stitches removed from around the nipples, followed by steri-tape application. Been having a little more pain along the stitches under by breasts. Doctor said I'm doing too much walking around, not enough relaxing. I can see now that this is going to take more than just a couple of weeks! Your pain level will tell you of you've done too much. I will be "good" and kick back much more. Sometimes I just feel guilty for not doing enough...gotta stop that way of thinking.

Side boob's still there.

My surgeon did not do any lipo under my arms and it lookslike I still have big side boobs. I can see that is gonna bug me so lipo will have to be done. Anybody else have the same problem?

Sore boob shot

Maybe the swelling will go down enough?? When I asked my Dr. about lipo with the surgery, she said she just pulls the fat forward? I guess we will see if its enough for me.

What's this feeling???

Finally at 12 days post op, I had a great energy day. I was sick of laying in bed day after day. So today I did a few errands with my grandson driving me. He's 17. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever feel "normal" again. Yes, the breasts are sore as heck, but I went about my day like all was fine. Now tonight, I feel great! Made dinner, husband changed my sheets. I was searching all over this site for when I was supposed to feel better while going about the day, not just laying there. Well, my answer is: Today! Happy day! I must learn patience...:)

Sleeping comfortably...

I thought I would post a couple pics of my back rest. It has really helped from day one post op. I'm a side sleeper, but this has made sleeping on my back night after night totally do-able!

Another post op appt. today

Ok.today she took all the steri-tape off and took some more stitches out in nipples. I have a small blister under each breast. Doc is not worried about it. Under left breast is more healed than right. She has me putting antibiotic ointment on them with a sterile q tip and covering it with gauze.
She noticed my lower half of each breast is very red. Not bruised, just red. She said it is my body's response to surgery and it will subside. Doesn't bother me. My breasts are not pretty right now. Scaly, red, scabby...I'm not worried. They will be beautiful soon enough!

So that is what zingers feel like!

Ever since I saw my surgeon yesterday and she took the tape off, I have had much more soreness in my breasts. And the zingers! Oh my! Ouch, but only for short moments throughout the day. Nothing we women can't handle! Think I'll lay low tomorrow. Been doing too much....again!

Tried something different

After seeing how oozy my below breasts blisters were, I decided to sleep without my bra last night. I just had gauze taped over the open parts and ointment on them. They look better today and I feel better! Someone on here had mentioned that they had done that. Thank you!

Revelation...

Tonight my husband and I went out to eat. As I was sitting at the table, I looked down and noticed how I had so much more room between me and the table! It's moments like that...yep!

Anybody else on here ever have this issue?

The lower half of my breasts are very red. Doctor doesn't seem worried but asked me today if they hurt. I have no idea what to expect since this is my first breast reduction! Yes they are sore and feel swollen. I see my doctor every week. Do you all have that many post op appointments? She tells me it happens sometimes and is my body's reaction to surgery. Something about my blood vessels over reacting. Sure would like to hear from you all. Thanks.

Perfect size!

3 weeks post op

Tough week...:(

Last week I worked full time. I do hair. Boy did I pay for that! So sore I held my breasts when I walked to make sure they didn't move. I have hard lumps in my breasts and thought massaging them would help. WRONG! I was in pain from doing that, not just the usual soreness. A couple days ago, I decided to not touch them at all, and I feel a lot better. What a roller coaster this is! So glad I have the next 3 days off. I think I will just rest and hope I turn the corner on the soreness. On the positive side, most of my scars have fallen off and they look better. Still red, but that will change eventually. Even after all this, I would do it again! :)

What I meant to say was...

Oops. My SCARS have not fallen off! Meant to say SCABS! Lol Also, I'm all closed up. No open sores!

Almost 7 weeks post op

I hardly have any soreness anymore, except in my right nipple because I have a big lump of necrosis under the nipple. I can work all I want and also am back at the gym. That feels great! Doctor saw me at 6 weeks and I don't need to see her for another month. So worth it. Love these small boobs!
Monterey Plastic Surgeon

So far, I think she is awesome. Great bedside manner. I hear only good things about her. So this is my review after surgery and several follow up appts. She is very gentle. When she took the drains out, I didn't even feel it! She answers all my questions. She has a great sense of humor. I chose a great one!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Hi there, my BR was the day before yours, so we are almost boobie sisters lol! You look wonderful and I,m glad to see you are feeling great. I did smile when I read you had no zingers! Of course that was early on. Aren't they fun ??
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You look amazing!! Can't wait till I can start working out again. That's great you see your dr every week. I wish mine was that often. Leaves little time for anything to go wrong.
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Such a great attitude. Glad most all is well. What does doc say about necrosis? Will it heal? Is there anything you are or can do for it?
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Necrosis will either go away on its own over 6 months or it will have to be removed. Sure hope mine melts away! There is only one big lump that bothers me under my right nipple. The rest are small. I can live with that. I guess I will have to wait and see! :)
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Thanks for the answer. Wait n see, harder said than done. Stay hydrated and healthy. If you aren't already, I suggest taking vitamin C (2000mg) and zinc (50mg) daily while you are healing. The two together are awesome for recovery and keeping other illnesses (flu etc) away. Hugs and continued good healing.
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I take my vitamins everyday. My surgeon actually suggested it!:)
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looking wonderful, happy for you
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Looking great :-)
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Glad you are doing so well - I am at my 2 month review also - should do my update - you look great.
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Your looking great SalonMom! Thank you for sharing your story :) It sounds like you have a very attentive Doctor. I'm looking forward to watching you heal, I'm so happy to see how your body has improved, your back must feel so much better with all that weight removed from your breast. Happy healing SalonMom :)
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I sure do feel better! Thank you!
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You are looking great!!!! Im so happy things are healing well for you and that you were able to return to work. Its really means alot to be able to hear the stories of sisters who have gone through this!!!!! Make sure you don't overdue it and continue with the awesome healing!!!!!
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Thank you!
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I think they are looking AWESOME. Mine left one is still a bit irritated along horizontal incision, right is done great. Funny how that can be. Still having some zingers here and there. Glad to see/hear you are doing well. As I said before, massage ONLY if it feels good, if not, leave the girls alone, lol. I found some days I could, some days NO WAY. Continued good healing pretty lady.
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Good advise! Zingers here and there, especially in the right breast. It is the most sore. Thank you!
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You look great. I think doing hair must be very tough with the amount of time your arms are raised, but at least you will not be fighting to keep your boobs out of your client's face all the time!!!!!
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Yes! No more wet boob from it hanging on my clients forehead as I shampoo!
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Your breasts look fabulous - happy for you. Yes it is a roller coaster - always something else. I am 8 weeks today - feeling pretty good - still some swelling and tenderness even now...........Love it and enjoying having small boobs greatly.
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Thank you! Good to know that others are in the same boat. It helps a lot.
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They look perfect indeed!
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Thank you! Good to see them without scabs! Lol
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I also had red lower breasts. I had them for probably three months. My PS said not to worry. It looked like sunburn but wasn't hot or angry. Just red. One day I noticed they were just gone.
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Gives me hope and relieves my worries. Thank you!
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BEAUTIFUL ! Such a happy smile. I'm thrilled for you. Continued good healing and (((hugs))) to you and your new boobies, lol.
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Thats a great smile!
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