3 weeks post op!
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Hi Everyone! I have been reading this site...
- 29 Dec 2012
I have been reading this site religiously for about four months, it has really helped me make my decision. I have been considering a breast reduction for about a year but I guess it was not something I ever really thought I could do. People ask me all the time if I have thought about it, and honestly it usually offends me...like they think I am some sort of a freak. I guess it has only been the last year that I realized just how big they are. I saw a picture of myself and I noticed that in it my breast were clearly bigger than my head! I am about 5'8 and 170 and a 38F, I have a very slim build, I am not hippy at all. My personal trainer once described me as a stick with giant knockers. It has always been the first thing people notice. I have been chesty since I was 9 years old. I remember getting my first bra and being so excited only to find that it did. not fit. I couldn't even start out in a training lost 50 pounds and they are still huge. I would like to lose about 20 pounds more but I doubt that it will make a difference.
I don't hate the way they look, sometimes I have enjoyed the attention...sometimes I have hated it. I have had upper and lower back issues for several years. I think I was in denial about the cause, I thought it was due to an injury, but that's been corrected. Then weight but losing weight hasn't helped. I get numbness in my chest below the collar bone and I have TMJ (lock jaw) which is aggravated by neck tension. I do get rashes as well, and although I do not have grooves I do get broken blood vessels and bruising.
I went last week to get a referral, I couldn't stand it anymore, my back is driving me crazy particularly during finals....studying at a desk 8 hours a day was just awful! So I made an appointment with my new GP...I was so nervous I wouldn't get referred...when I got there I was told my dr. decided to go on vacation and cancelled all his appointments. Nice that they called me! (especially since he charges for cancelled/missed appointments!!!) I was really upset...they said he wouldn't be back until the end of January! I was so disappointed. It takes a year to two years to have surgery here (if its deemed medically necessary). Such a long wait it was so frustrating to have to add another 7 weeks...and not even be guaranteed approval.
I called my old GP and she was unavailable until...
- 30 Dec 2012
I haven't received the date yet for my consult. I...
- 3 Jan 2013
I did go through the health board's wait times for plastic surgeries ( for fun! lol) and it won't be as long as I thought (hopefully) after 13 to 18 months 98% of patients will have had their surgery. There are about 386 patients waiting in this province right now. Still a fair amount of time but not too bad.
I was wondering if anyone out there had had their reduction while they where in school? I am taking a very intense university course and I am concerned that I may not have any say over the date when it comes up. How long before I could go back to school? I will be in school for at least 3-6 years depending on how things work out so I really don't want to put this off that long.
I already know that I would be off work for at least a month as it is a pretty rough, physical and frankly dirty job. Would I qualify for E.I.? Since this is a medically necessary surgery and I do not have benefits at work.
I should have my consult date by Wednesday:-) The...
- 4 Jan 2013
I spoke to my PS offixe yesterday to confirm my...
- 10 Jan 2013
realistic for me at a healthy weight as opposed to a chubby version of me. She also said that my surgery could be in six months! At the most a year! So much better than I was expecting!
I have been taking to everyone I know who has had breast surgery or augmentation to get as much info as possible....my friends mom had a second BR by my doctor and lost her nipple....this freaks me out!!! I know realistically that she was very high risk (age,
fng, smoker, 2 br) but its still scary....i guess its possible with a good doctor as well right???? He did not do the reconstruction but refered her to his partner. She said he waa very calm about it ( this happens and we can fix it type of thing...not as warm ans fuzzy as she would have liked)My friend recommended his partner as her sister got her br by him too. so i researched him and found some terrible reviews...and some excellent..so confusing! Whereas Dr. L has excellent reviews! I have come across a few other patients (of dr. Ls) that were super happy as well...and my best friend who works in the medixal field said he has a great reputation. So I am a bit nervous about making this choice. I guess I will go with my gut when I met him in a month. Anyone have any recommendations for choosing a doctor? You only get one consult....then surgery...so I need to have all my questions reading for my consult. Any pre op vitamins or supplements I should ask about??? Meds? etc. Any suggestions would be great!!
Not too much new to report. Hopefully this will...
- 18 Jan 2013
I had my consult / pre-op appointment today. I...
- 30 Jan 2013
For any ladies interested I have seen that some of...
- 31 Jan 2013
1) Chest x-ray 10 days prior
2) Mammogram (Monday :-S)
3) For three days prior I have to shower special anti bacterial prescription soap
4) He suggested a multivitamin, and a good diet...nothing else. He said to avoid homeopathic or alternative treatments prior to surgery and for 6 weeks after. He said many of them can thin the blood.
-Scar treatment will start at 6 weeks, and its something silicon based. I will also use Webber's vitamin Oil...its AMAZING for healing and scars, and witch hazel for bruising. And to tape the incision for 6 weeks to help flatten it and add support
- I am having a Lejour Vertical Reduction with liposuction inside the breast and in the armpit (and maybe my abdomen)....I really like the looks of this procedure! The complication rate seems lower and he said it is an easier recovery because the bulk of the breast stays intact and the bottom is not held together by skin alone so it is significantly less tension on the incision. Its also supposed to be better for breast feeding (if I ever decide on kids) and sensation. He said there is a 1% chance of nipple necrosis or fat necrosis etc.
- He also said to make sure I mention my tummy problems (heinus hernia/acid reflux) to the nurses so that they can give me additional meds to make the anesthetic easier on me.
- He also said no work for 6 weeks ( I work with large ( and small) animals)
- I will have drains for 4 days....yuck but I guess its good but I am so afraid it will get ripped out when I sleep or by one of my dogs trying to cuddle. The idea of having it sewn in to my skin just creeps me right out....its funny I can watch the surgery no problem but this drain...ick!!
-Oh and I am down 3 lbs since last week...27 ish to go!
Mammogram all clear!
- 9 Feb 2013
My date was moved forward 6 months...surgery this FRIDAY!
- 6 Nov 2013
So after the accident I called again-- 3-6 months (3 months sooner!) 5 days later they called me with the date Nov. 8th!!! Holy fast!! And I have been so busy I haven't really had time to think about it. I am in school but midterms just finished today. So the timing is good. I will have at least 2 weeks off work as well- so I can start to get ready for finals.
I had to go for blood work (10-7 days prior)
A chest x-ray (10-7 days prior)
A mammogram (in Feb)
And I have to bath in surgical scrub for 3 days prior.
I had my pre-op phone call monday with a nurse. No vitamins, no painkillers, birth control and tummy meds okay. Only clear gel allowed on my nails, no piercings but she said if a put a plastic one in(nose)they will give me attitude but they can tape it. They will give me a surgical bra that I have to wear 24-7 for 6 weeks, no soaking them for 6 weeks either, and drains for 4-7 days after. No under wire for 6 months either. I will keep you posted :-)
Its done!!!! So far I could not happier!!!!
- 9 Nov 2013
I have took a bit of a peak down my surgical bra and my nipples are so high! YAY!!!and perky!! but I will have to wait until later today to see them at my bandage changing.
Day Nine :-)
- 18 Nov 2013
I haven't really posted since surgery I was not feeling very well at all. My hernia became really irritated and I was unable to keep anything down for about 5 or 6 days. Which meant I couldn't take my medication properly and of course it became more irritated. I tell you that was way worse than the actual surgery which was a breeze in comparison. I haven't had any real pain. They are tender and achy but not at all what you expect. They have started vibrating and getting the odd stabbing pain which is the nerves reconnecting. I don't have much feeling in the nipples yet but they are waking up a bit more everyday. The drains are out, he took them out on tuesday---they were not fun especially when you are already sick to your stomach they are the last thing you want to be cleaning! I am back at school today, I feel pretty good, just tire easily which is to be expected.
I have to go daily to the wound centre for dressing changes until they are clean 3 days in a row.
- 19 Nov 2013
2 weeks today
- 22 Nov 2013
- 29 Nov 2013
Referral from GP