Hi ladies, I decided to make a review and share my...

Hi ladies, I decided to make a review and share my story, since reading all of yours has been so helpful. I am 27 years old, 4'11" and currently 125 pounds. I am a 34H, which looks ridiculous on me. I have a small frame and have always been a very petite girl with huge boobs. Over the last few years I have put on a bit of weight, getting up to 140 pounds from being inactive and eating poorly. Over the last two months, I have lost 15 pounds by eating healthy and exercising. I still want to lose another 15 pounds or so to get to what I think is the most healthy weight for my height and body type. Since "taking charge" of my body and getting myself back on track, I decided that I would finally set up an appointment and see what I needed to do to have a breast reduction. I have wanted a reduction since high school, but always thought it would be difficult to get insurance to approve it and just never really tried.

Anyway, like so many of you, I have always had large breasts that are not proportionate to my body. I developed early, when I was in about 4th grade. It seems like I went straight from a training bra to needing a B/C cup right away. Of course this made me extremely self-conscious since I was the only one of all of my friends that had boobs already, much less such large ones. I developed poor posture and always wore clothes to try to hide my chest. By the time I entered high school, I was a little more comfortable with my body and less self conscious about it, but my large breasts continued to bother me. I didn't really have pain issues back then, it was more the fact that clothes didn't fit me and all of the comments that I received. It seemed my breasts were always the subject of jokes or comments, usually from people that weren't intentionally trying to hurt my feelings, but of course it did. I was active in high school and only weighed probably 100 pounds, but was still a D/DD. I thought I was huge then!

After high school, I continuously grew to my current size of 34H. I now have neck and shoulder pain, as well as almost daily headaches. My back hurts when I wake up in the mornings, likely because I am a stomach sleeper, and with my huge boobs underneath me, my back is arched all night. I can't find clothes that fit me. Either shirts are super tight across my boobs and back, or I wear a larger shirt and look pregnant from my boobs holding the material out. The worst experience was shopping for a wedding dress. The shop didn't have a long-line bra big enough for me, which was embarrassing and it made it difficult to see how the dresses would actually look on me. (I did find a dress though and can't wait to wear it on my wedding day in March! I know I will be much happier in my dress with smaller boobies!)

So, this brings me to where I am at now. After a particularly frustrating experience of shopping for a dress to wear to a friend's wedding, I finally decided to set up a consultation to find out what I needed to do to get the process started. I researched plastic surgeons in my area and decided on one based on his years of experience and his before/after pictures. I called the office on a Monday morning and went in for my consultation that Thursday, 9/26/13. The doctor and staff were extremely nice and knowledgeable. They assured me that I would have no problem getting approved by insurance. They sent everything in and I had my approval letter about a week later! Super easy! I called right away and scheduled the surgery. I have my pre-op appointment on 11/4/13 and surgery is scheduled for 11/11/13. I can't wait! I am so excited to get this done!

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Wow, prettyleaf, that sucks that you were denied. Can you appeal the decision? I have United Healthcare too.
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Best of luck! What size are you leaning toward?
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I'm hoping to go down to a C. At my consultation, I told my doctor I wanted to go down to a full B or small C and he said that he could safely take me to a C or D. I'm really hoping I end up a C. I'm going to stress this to him again at the pre-op. I don't want to go through all of this and still be a D!

Just Some Thoughts

I don't know if it's just knowing that I won't have to deal with this pain anymore or what, but my back and neck have been killing me the last few days. I am so looking forward to this surgery! I haven't gotten nervous yet, just still really excited. The only thing that I am worried about is that I will go through all of this and still won't be small enough. I really want to end up a C cup. At my consultation, I told my doctor I wanted to be a full B or small C. He asked what that meant to me, and I told him that I just want to be proportionate to my body. He said he would take me to a C/D. He explained that he can only safely remove so much tissue to ensure the blood supply is still good. I trust that he will take as much as safely possible, I just really hope that leaves me at a C.

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My surgery is the day after yours in San Francisco! I am also 4'11". Aren't you just so excited? I'm looking to going down to a C cup too if my insurance will allow it. My pre-op is on Nov. 1. So I guess I'll be finding out then! I love coming on here and seeing that I'm not alone in all of this. Best wishes to you on your surgery day :)
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I am scheduled for Nov 5th. Also a 34H. Strange - like you since I scheduled this my back has been hurting more than ever. At about 5 pm after sitting at my desk almost all day I have to go and lie down to get some relief. Pre-op tomorrow. Good luck to us both!!
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Yeah, it's so weird. I think I've had it so long that the pain just feels normal. Maybe we're just more aware of it now? Good luck to you!

2 Weeks to Go!

Exactly two weeks from now I will have smaller boobies! I seriously can't wait. Today starts the countdown! No more alcohol for a while. :( I'm really going to miss my wine, lol. I'm taking a multi-vitamin and 1000 mg of Vitamin C daily. I still need to go shopping for the things I'll need after surgery. I have my pre-op next Monday Nov. 4th and am working on my list of questions. I'm trying to get things sorted out at work so that I don't stress about it when I am out. I've got a lot going on right now, so I'm a little nervous about this. I'm a social worker and have to visit with each of my families every month. I'll be out for two weeks and then the week I go back is Thanksgiving week, which leaves me only about a week and a half to get all of my visits done for the month. I'm really not sure how I'm going to do it. I still haven't really gotten nervous about the surgery itself. I'm just anxious.

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Congrats to you! I'm super excited. It's really all I can thing about, lol. Your pre-op is before mine. Do you have a list of questions you are going to ask? I'm trying to be as prepared as possible for this, so I want to make sure I don't forget to ask anything.
SouthwestLady I will be watching all your posts! I am so thrilled for you. I have a similiar build to you but i am 45 and have three kids 12 and under. My surgery is going to be in Jan whether I am approved or not. I wanted to have it at your age, but as they say life got in the way! The hardest part is the waiting. A lady here in my town I know just had it and was feeling great four days after, youth will be on your side and the fact you are so fit. You will never regret this. Trust this coming from a woman who has carried that same weight on her chest for 15 more years than you with the corresponding effect on my posture, skin, neck, and self confidence. Please keep us updated!!!!

Pre-Op on Monday, Questions

Hi ladies! I go for my pre-op appointment on Monday, 11/4/13. Getting so close! I have prepared a list of questions/talking points to make sure I don't forget anything. Can you ladies who have already gone through this look at my list and let me know if I should add anything? Also, is it important for the person who will be taking care of you on surgery day to attend the pre-op? Or will they get after-care instructions before leaving the hospital? Thanks!

- FMLA paperwork- how long is recommended for leave?
- When do I start taking prescriptions (antibiotic, nausea, pain)? Morning of? When I get home?
- Do I still take multi-vitamin and Vitamin C morning of surgery?
- Will I have internal dissolvable stitches? Any external stitches that have to be removed?
- Is it likely I will I have drains? For how long?
- If no drains, what happens to fluid?
- Lipo under arms? Do I need it?
- How far will scar reach around?
- SIZE: I want to be a C. Is this a realistic expectation?
- Nipple placement/size
- What if there are problems/issues? Are revisions covered?

- How many days after is my first post-op? Post-op schedule?
- Do I need more than one surgical bra?
- How long do I wear surgical bra?
- Do I wear a sports bra after that? How long until I can wear regular bra?
- When will I start scar treatment? Do you recommend certain product?

- Is there a certain amount of time I should wait before getting pregnant? Like years?
- Will they "grow back" after pregnancy?

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LOL! Just read you're review and we're in the same dilemma work wise! I'm only giving 4 of my cases to my coworkers to help out so I'm trying to see as much as I can this week...the week of thanksgiving I'm going to try to take it easy at work since it's only half a week!! Can't believe how similar our schedules are lol
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I can answer some of your questions. Surgeons do feel they can only take out so much - I went from an H to a D and I am very happy at that size. The surgeons measure your nipple placement before the surgery - I am not sure how they do it but they manage to make the areola smaller - I think mine look very natural. I did not have drains with my surgery so I can't say anything about them. My internal stitches dissolved and the outer ones dissolved for the most part - I had to have a couple of them removed. You can usually start scar therapy after six weeks or whenever there are no more open sores. I am using bio-oil but I know a lot of people use scar sheets. You usually start the antibiotics, etc. right after surgery - or at least I did. Two after surgery bras are enough - you need a second one so you can wear it while the other one is washed (you will be leaking fluid and blood the first couple of days). I switched to sports bras one week after surgery and started wearing underwire bras six weeks after surgery. That is some of your questions answered. Keep in min that no two surgeries are alike and people heal differently. Good luck with your surgery.
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Oh man! So close! I think your question list is great--I'll use them myself! Best of luck !
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Had my Pre-Op Today. Surgery Next Monday!

I had my pre-op appointment today. My doctor has a really dry sense of humor and when he first came into the exam room, he was like "so...about your implants", lol. It went really well and I got all my questions answered. He said he can probably get me to a C. I told him I would rather be too small than too big. He said we would talk more about it when he is marking me up the morning of surgery. I will likely not have drains. He said he very rarely uses them anymore. I don't need lipo under my arms, so that's two things I won't have to worry about. I will go home completely wrapped up in gauze and tight bandage. I won't wear the surgical bra until I go back two days later for my first post-op. They will change my bandages and put me in the bra. I asked about having to change the bandages and they said I won't have to do that. I am supposed to leave everything alone and they will change them when I go in. I can shower after that first appointment. I will go back the following week twice and once the next two weeks.

After my pre-op, I went across the street to a specialty bra store to be fitted for my surgical bra. My insurance completely covers the bras, so that's awesome! I went home with two surgical bras, size 34D. The doctor said I will need to wear the surgical bra for at least the first three weeks and then I can wear whatever is comfortable.

I just need to get a few things this weekend and I will be all set. I want to get a wedge pillow and I need to get Mylanta, Colace, and baby wipes. I'm so ready for this week to be over with! I can't wait to be on the other side. :-)

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I'm excited for you, don't forget a pillow for the ride home, good luck, healthy healing!
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Thanks! I went to Big Lots yesterday and got a couple cheap pillows for the ride home and to prop up with. I think I'm all set!
Best of luck! You are going to be so happy when it's done! Stay strong :)
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Tomorrow is the Big (small) Day!

I can't believe my surgery is tomorrow! I am so ready, but I'm starting to get a little nervous. I think because I've been so busy getting everything done with work and making sure I have everything ready, I haven't had a chance to be nervous. Well, today I woke up early with the surgery on my mind. My stomach has been a little upset with the nerves all day too. I don't really have anything left to do to keep my mind off it. I was telling my fiancé that I'm getting nervous and he said he is nervous too. He actually said, "It's a major surgery. I mean, you could die." Thanks Babe! That doesn't help my nerves, lol. He decided he is going to take me on a sunset flight around the city to get my mind off it. (He's a flight instructor.)

I don't have to get up super early, since I don't have to be there until 10:30. My surgery isn't until 12:30. It's nice I don't have to get up early, but that also means I can't eat almost all day! Well, wish me luck! I'll update when I can.

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Hope everything went great!
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Hope things went well for you Hun!!! I'm doing well!
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Aw, your surgery is today! I'm thinking of you! Mine is tomorrow so I'm feeling those nerves!!! But its okay. We are going to look so great :). I hope everything goes well. Can't wait to see an update from you!
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I made it!

It's all over. I'm home trying to rest. I'm in more pain than I expected, but tolerable if I keep up on the pain meds. I woke up in recovery really nauseated and kept getting nauseated every time they gave me pain medicine. I apparently had already thrown up, but I don't remember it. I threw up on the car ride home and again this morning.

I'm all bandaged up, so I haven't seen them yet. I go in tomorrow for my bandages to be changed, so I'll see them then. The doctor told my fiancé and mom that he thinks I'll be very happy with them. He said he took as much as he safely could. I have these little flaps that open to check the nipples. My fiancé checks them every four hours to make sure they are pink and that the color comes back after he presses them. They are doing well and I have feeling in both. As sick as I was last night, the nurse asked me if I would do it over knowing how badly I felt at that time and I said yes!

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Good healing!!
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it's such a good feeling to finally have it over with....try to relax now and let yourself heal.
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Happy healing!!
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3 Days Out

Well, the last two days have been rough! On Tuesday I was nauseated all day. I threw up in the morning and again in the afternoon. I was also in a lot of pain and my bandage felt really tight. That night I started feeling sick when I went to bed. I woke up about 11:30 and started throwing up. I threw up all night! It was awful. I was throwing up about every thirty minutes. I couldn't keep anything down, including the nausea medicine. By morning I was in so much pain. I hadn't had pain medicine and my muscles were super sore from throwing up. We called my doctor and they said not to give me anything until I went in for my appointment at noon. By the time I went in, I had been twelve hours with no pain medicine. I went in and the nurse took off the bandage. I felt so much better as soon as she cut it off! She just changed the tape around my nipples and left the rest alone. My mom and fiancé were in there with me and they both said they looked so good. They were expecting them to be really bruised, but they weren't. I laid down on the table for the nurse to change the tape and they stayed right where they were, lol. No more boobs under my armpits! She got me into my surgical bra. She said the Percocet was probably just too strong for me since I'm so small. She switched me to Lortab and gave me a prescription for Zofran as well.

I'm doing so much better now. I'm only taking half of the Lortab every four hours. I haven't felt nauseated since yesterday morning. I'm much more comfortable in the bra. My fiancé helped me shower last night. He bathed me where I couldn't reach and washed my hair. He even blow dried it for me! He has been amazing. I love my new boobies! I think they are the perfect size for my body. He says he likes them too. He said I look more normal, lol.

I was able to sleep all night last night. I woke up about 6 am and he helped me move back to the couch before he went to work. My bed is really high, so I can't get in and out of it by myself. His mom is here with me until Sunday, so it's nice to have her help. I'm just laying on the couch today. It's so amazing how much better I feel and what a difference there is in my boobs.

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Forgot to Add

I forgot to update with how much was removed. He removed 574 grams from the right and 470 from the left. That's over a pound each side! So crazy!

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I'm so happy you got your boobs done, I think you looked great in your before pics but I feel your pain...you poor thing it looked like your tatas were bursting at the seams. I can't wait to see more pics over the next few weeks. Your front pic in the surgical bra looks amazing.
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Thanks! I think I'm doing pretty good. There hasn't really been much change over the last couple of days. I go in on Monday to have my tape changed, so I'll post new pictures then. So far I am very pleased. :-)
I'm glad you're over the hump, and figured out what had you so sick. Congratulations on the new girls! They look super great, I think they are going to be perfect!
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One Week Out

My surgery was a week ago today. I have been feeling better each day. My pain has been pretty tolerable the last few days. I started taking Tylenol at about 4 days post-op, mostly because the constipation was getting bad. I did well with just Tylenol until yesterday morning. I had tried to sleep flat on my back the night before and woke up more swollen and in pain. I took half a pain pill in the morning and another half before bedtime last night. I'm doing well with just the Tylenol, but I'm going to continue to take half a pain pill at bedtime for a few more days to help me sleep.

I had my second post-op appointment this morning. PS said everything is looking good and healing like it's supposed to. They took off my original tape and removed the only two outside sutures, which were on my t-junctions on each side. The tape removal hurt a little bit. They replaced the tape with fresh tape and said it didn't need to be changed again until next Monday. PS said my swelling and drainage are both normal. He said my swelling will continue to go up and down for the next few months. As for restrictions, he said to listen to my body and don't do anything that doesn't feel comfortable. If I'm not ready to go back to work next week, they said they would recommend another week off. We'll see how I feel later in the week.

Basically I'm still taking it easy. After my appointment this morning, my fiance and I went to breakfast. It was nice to be out of the house, but I was tired when we got home. I'm still just resting on the couch mostly. I can shower by myself, but it does take me longer than usual. It's so cool to bend over to shave my legs and not have my boobs resting on my thighs! My fiance has been blow-drying my hair for me since it still feels like it pulls too much for me to do it. I'm just being really cautious to try to prevent any complications. Tomorrow will be my first day at home all day by myself. I think I'll be okay. We're going to have stuff out where I can reach it and a little ice chest with ice for my water. (I still can't open the freezer, lol. It's one of those bottom freezers with a drawer-type pullout and is too heavy for me to pull open.) I didn't ask to take a picture between tape changes at the doctor, so I don't have any pictures of that. I'm in my surgical bra again, so I'll have to wait to take more pictures until shower time. It's a two-person job to get in and out of this thing, lol.

Oh, I forgot to add that I was able to fit into a button-down shirt from college that I never thought I would be able to wear again! I think I wore it once and then it shrunk in the wash and wouldn't button. I pulled it out to try for my appointment this morning, not really expecting it to fit, but it did! :-)

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Awe, the little victories, a shave without boobs banging you, a button front shirt, all of it adds up! Yes be gentle on your body, I'm glad to hear it's all going well, healthy healing!
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Thank you! Yes, all the small victories! It's so cool noticing all these little things.
Wearing button up shirts has to be one of the greatest achievements.ha You will be able to wear so much more now, and if you know how to make alterations, you will have a brand new wardrobe...so happy for you....I LOVE BUTTON-UP SHIRTS!!!!
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Just a Picture

Here is an updated picture from this morning. A week and a day post op. I think I'm looking pretty good. There's not much bruising and the swelling isn't too bad. I'm definitely still swollen, but it s not as bad as I thought it would be. Probably because I'm still not doing too much. I've got some leakage from my left T-junction and the left is also the more swollen side.

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You look great! Congrats!
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You look fantastic!!!
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me too....some of the dresses I had I just loved and kept them thinking that sometime I would lose weight....well, guess what, most of the weight was on my breasts....lost 5 or 6 lbs and then was so encouraged, I lost another 10lbs...that was new for me....anyhow, so many "new" outfits free....just a little tuck her and there and voila, a new wardrobe...fun!!!

It Fits!

A couple of weeks before my surgery my mom showed me these little bralettes she had bought for herself, but she didn't feel like they supported her enough. She told me I could have them since they might fit me after surgery. I laughed and said I would probably never be THAT small! I kept them though, because...maybe? I tried one on, and holy crap you guys, it fits! And it looks so cute. I literally had tears in my eyes looking ay myself in this tiny little "bra".

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You look fantastic. I am so happy for you.
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Thanks! I can't wait to be fully healed.
Hi! I was wondering how much your surgery costed you? Thanks! Looking great so far!
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2 Weeks

Well, it's been two weeks already! Things are still going pretty good. I'm starting to feel more back to normal, but still not 100%. I haven't been taking pain medication for the last couple of days, not even Tylenol. I had planned on going back to work today, but decided to take another week off. I would have only worked three days this week anyway, due to Thanksgiving, and my doctor said they would not release me back to work until I'm fully comfortable with it. I am able to do more than I could at first, but I still can't reach too far, raise my arms above shoulder level, or lift more than ten pounds. If I had just a desk job, I would probably be fine, but because I am a social worker and also have to go out in the field, I just didn't feel like I was ready for that.

I went to the doctor today for my two-week follow-up and tape change. I'm a little disappointed with how my left side is doing right now. :( I've been having a lot of leakage on my left side and when the nurse removed the tape she said it was really wet. My skin had been constantly wet underneath the tape, so it caused a sort-of diaper rash type irritation. To me it looks like the t-junction is open, but she said it is not open, it's just my skin that is irritated. I had two sutures that had worked their way to the surface that were causing the leakage. She clipped them and said that it would probably look much better in just a couple of days. The doctor came in and looked at me and said that everything else looks good. He wanted to keep the tape off that area so it can dry out. He told me to put Neosporin on the area for two days, and after that put Vaseline on it if it gets too dried out. He said he wanted to see me back in two weeks and we would probably leave the tape off at that point and start scar treatment. Even though I'm not seeing him for another two weeks, I'm going back next Monday for the nurse to change my tape (and for my own piece of mind.) I have gauze on the area now and am all taped back up. So, the left side is a little gross looking right now and the right looks pretty good. I'm happy with the incision lines, so hopefully the problem areas will be better in a couple of days and they both will look good!

So far I am happy with the size. I look so much better in my clothes! I'm not sure what size I am, but somewhere around a C/D. I ordered a couple of Coobie bras for later. I have to wear the surgical bra for another couple of weeks and then I can switch to more "normal" bras. I liked the Coobie bras because they seem to be like the Genie bras, but with thin straps. I don't want to have to wear thick grandma straps anymore! I'm pretty excited for them, so I hope I like them.

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Congratulations on your wonderful result! Those little bras look so adorable on you!
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omg, you're in the same boat as I am! My left side the skin is coming off but it's closed...still can't reach up a lot; feels like it would rip open if I did and def only would be working 3 days so didn't go back to work! I need to post more pics...haven't found the time to :-/
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Hello there.....just wanted to let you know that reaching up is not the greatest idea while you are healing....I think because I reached over my head to try on things way too early it cause me to retain water....so be careful....don't lift and don't reach overhead....not worth it...take care of yourself....

3 Week Blues

It's been three weeks since my surgery. I went back to work today, but I had to leave early for my three week post-op appointment. I was glad I was able to leave early because I was so tired by the afternoon! I'm feeling better physically, like as far as what I'm able to do. I'm able to reach my arms farther and get myself into regular shirts. I'm still being cautious though. Don't want to overdo it. Still not lifting or raising my arms above my head.

The spots on my left breast look worse than they did last week. I went back to the doctor today and they said that the tissue (yellow-greenish areas) is thicker, which means that it is healing. To me it just looks so much worse though. :( They pulled out four more sutures on the left and two on the right. She said that my body just isn't doing well with the internal sutures. It's pushing them to the surface and keeping the area irritated. She said that hopefully now that she got those four big ones out that it will start to heal more. They told me to really increase my protein intake, which will help in the forming/healing of the tissue. I'm supposed to eat 23 grams of protein for each meal and supplement with protein shakes. That's a lot of protein! I'm supposed let the areas breathe more and put vaseline on them if they get too dry. I'm also allowed to sleep without a bra, in a cotton t-shirt to let the area breathe at night. I don't have to, only if I'm comfortable with it. She put tape over the bottom left area, but said to take it off if it starts looking too wet. She also put tape over the right small area, but left the tape off all the other incision areas. I go back this Thursday for her to check it and remove the tape if I haven't already done so.

I had been taping gauze over the gross areas because they were leaking so much, but my skin pulled off under the tape today. She said my breasts are still really swollen, making my skin super tight. I'm not supposed to use any more adhesive on my breasts. So, no taping gauze down or using adhesive gauze strips. I'm just supposed to use one small non-stick gauze pad over the area and let my bra hold it in place.

This whole issue has gotten me kind of down. I expected to be doing so much better by this point! I just really can't wait to be fully healed and not have to worry about leakage and wound care. I want to get out of the surgical bra, but I won't do that until I stop leaking. I know it could be much worse, so I don't want to sound like I'm whining too much.. I am really happy with the size and shape and still soo glad I was able to have this surgery.

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Reading your story about your struggle has left me with such an awesome feeling , I admire your strength and your great determination. you go girl!
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Sometimes to much triple antibiotic ointment can cause rash, bumps, and general irritation.
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They look a little hard, start a little massage, very gentle. Non stick gauze with no tape great idea, air every chance, Aleeve helps swelling, increase vit C. You WILL heal, it's a process, just keep babying them, you look great, check mine out they were worse, now they are totally closed :) Keep your head up girly!
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Doctor Visit Today

I went back to the doctor this morning. He said I am looking good. He isn't too concerned about my problem areas. He said this type of thing is pretty common. I asked about what kind of scar it will leave. He said that we will let it heal up and see how it ends up looking. He said it won't necessarily leave a scar that looks bad, but if it does he will do a scar revision. This will be done in his office with local anesthesia. The nurse (who saw me on Monday) said that it looked better than it did then. She said the tissue is thicker and the places are not sunk-in, which is what we want for it to start healing. They took off a couple of places that had gotten a little hard, like a scab, so it bled a little. I need to continue covering the areas with non-stick gauze, held in place by my bra, and keep the areas moist with vitamin A&D ointment so that they don't form scabs. They said to continue with my increased protein intake, Vitamin C, and multi-vitamin. I can continue sleeping without a bra at night and he said I can wear whatever bra I am comfortable in during the day. Since my surgical bra is comfortable, I am going to continue wearing it until my drainage stops. I don't have tape on at all now. I got scar cream that I will start putting on my incisions, except for the open areas. I start this on Monday, which will be my 4-week mark. I go back on the 19th for my next check.

I feel a lot better today. Monday and Tuesday I was so swollen by the afternoons! My breasts were really hard and my skin was stretched really tight. I think I just did too much my first two days back at work. I decided to stay home on Wednesday to rest and let my swelling go down. It helped because I felt so much better today and didn't get as swollen. I'm really trying to take it easy.

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Thanks, I am feeling like when will I be ok again,,,hope it's worth it!
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So sorry to see the problems you are having. Don't blame you for being down - that is a lot to cope with! Glad you are feeling a little better. I am surprised how long the swelling lasts - I am 31 days post op - starting to get better. I hope you can get plenty of rest and manage to keep your spirits up. best wises
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Thanks. I'm hanging in there. My swelling has been better the last couple of days. I've been really careful to not do too much. I can't believe the swelling either! My PS said that I can expect to be dealing with swelling off and on for up to six months! It's crazy.

4 Weeks

I was 4 weeks post op yesterday. I went back to the doctor yesterday because I had another stitch poking through the vertical incision on the right side. The nurse clipped that stitch and also found two more in my bottom wound area on the left. She got those out and even though I'm not scheduled to go back until the 19th, she said to definitely come back in as many times as I have to if I see or feel anymore stitches coming through.

My right side is almost closed now. The left side is still giving me trouble. The nurse said it is looking better, but I don't see it. It still looks so bad to me. The bottom still drains significantly and I have to wear gauze over it. The left side is also still more swollen than the right. I'm sleeping without a bra at night and still wearing my surgical bra during the day. Overall I am still happy with the results. I just deal with the wounds in the morning and then go about my day. I still have swelling in the afternoons, but other than that I don't really think about it.

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oh wow, sorry you're still dealing with trouble spots. Umm that's very informative when you said to keep it moist with A&D, I thought it was suppose to scab over!! now that I think about it a scab will look horrible after healing...I just always thought that if it's moist it's not healing. other then that you are looking great girl!! how's work? I'm glad to be there but some days I just want to stay at home.
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Thanks. Yeah, I didn't understand keeping it moist either, until he explained it. Scabs will cause scarring. I'm hoping to not have to have a scar revision, but I'm glad the option is there if it ends up looking bad. Work is okay. I'm like you, glad to be back to my normal routine, but some days I just want to go home and rest! I'm trying to not do too much, but it's hard. Driving to all my visits is the worst.
I hear you!! I made myself have an office day yesterday, just didn't feel like driving anywhere at all!! such a task! I'm glad that option is there for you as well, I'm sure you'll be fine. I'm not going to start my scar treatment until next year in Jan possibly

Some Positives

So, I am still dealing with my trouble areas and have been sad about that. But, I do have some positive things to report today! I normally leak through the gauze by about 4pm, but today I didn't! It's 9pm and it hasn't leaked through. I didn't put gauze on my right side and it didn't leak at all. Also, I had to go to Target after work to get some things for our office Christmas party tomorrow. While there, I decided to try some things on just for fun. I fit into a small and x-small shirts! So cool. I finally can wear shirts that fit me correctly. I also tried on a couple of bras, just to get an idea of what my size may end up being. I fit into a 34-C! It had underwire and was uncomfortable on my incisons, but it fit. Holy crap, that makes me happy. :-)

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How awesome and uplifting. Hopefully at your next appointment lefty will show the improvement you're seeing with the drainage/seeping. Can't wait to see new pics.
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I hope so! There may be a small bit of improvement. It looks like the top opening may be slightly smaller, but I could just be imagining it because I want to see progress so bad!
Glad it's not leaking, that's a great sign it's on it's way to healing! It feels so good trying on things you couldn't before! I tried on one of my old Vicky secrets bra that I hardly wore and it's a D! I thought I wanted to be a C but with my body type I'm glad I'm a D
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5 Weeks

I went back to the doctor this morning. The nurse removed two more sutures that had come to the surface. PS said it's looking good and he thinks it will start to close up soon. He said to keep doing everything I'm doing and to increase my Vitamin C to 2000 mg a day. He said he didn't need to see me back for a month, unless I have more sutures coming through.

I'm doing good. I feel pretty much back to normal, except for not being able to reach too far. I'm also still sleeping on my back. I've tried to lay on my sides, but it hurts my side incisions. I've worn my Coobie bra a few times, when I need skinnier straps. When I don't, I just wear my surgical bra. The Coobie is comfortable and provides some support, but I feel more protected in the surgical bra. I tried on some old bras I had in my drawer. Seriously, I don't know when I ever fit in them! If I ever did, because they all looked brand new. One even had tags on it. I tried on a 36C and it fit well, but a little big in the band. The others were 34D and fit nicely too, but were a little big in the top of the cups. I'm excited to see what size I end up and can't wait to wear a "norma" bra!

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Lookin good!! I even showed my PS your photo because I had a few that I wanted to show him as an example and then, since you had your trouble areas I wanted his take in case something like that happened to me. He said that your issue was common and that you'd be surprised how wonderful those spots would heal! I'm so happy that there's improvement. Your new bras look great!
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I'm glad my gross photos could be helpful to you. Hopefully you don't have the same issues as me!
Well I still had you bookmarked as what I was aiming for :)

Almost 7 Weeks

I'll be 7 weeks on Monday. I can definitely see a difference in the healing this week. The left side is finally starting to close and the right side is closed. This week I was able to resume normal activities. I found myself being able to reach without pain and lifting things. My ten pound dog is very happy about this! Over Christmas everyone commented on how good I look, which made me feel really good. Overall I am very pleased with my results. Once the spots heal up I think they will be perfect!

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you look great.. curious to see how the "wounds" end up healing..
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You look great and I'm glad to see you healing well :-)
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Yay! That's good news, your breast have such a nice shape! Sounds like you had a nice Christmas, have a blessed New Years too !
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Amost 8 Weeks

What a difference a week makes! My spots are almost completely healed. I just have a tiny spot on the bottom wound that needs to heal. I don't know yet if they will come together to be a thin scar, so it's a waiting game on that. If not, my PS will do a scar revision, so I'm not worried about it.

I feel great. My scars are still a little tender, but otherwise I am back to normal. I started sleeping on my side a little bit. Still no stomach sleeping. I want to buy some regular bras, but haven't yet. I might do that tomorrow. Any recommendations on a regular bra? I don't think I want underwire yet, but I want to wear something other than a sports bra type.

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Hope you post an update before I'm all drugged up. I've thought about you and hope you're doing well!
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Good to see that you are healing. Wacoal makes a great non underwire bra - style number 85276. They are a bit pricy in the stores but I found mine on ebay.
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Great to see you healing well ♡
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10 Weeks

I can't believe it's already been ten weeks! I'm feeling good and looking good, lol! I'm back to doing everything like normal. I still get a twinge here and there if I reach my arm too far and I'm not sleeping on my stomach, but other than that I feel great! My spots on my left breast have completely healed. No more leaking, nor more gauze! The scars on the spots are pretty red still and wider than my other scars. My PS

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10 Weeks (Continued- Hit Post by Accident)

I really hate that you can't edit your reviews. I hit post by accident and wasn't done with my entry.

I can't believe it's already been ten weeks! I'm feeling good and looking good, lol! I'm back to doing everything like normal. I still get a twinge here and there if I reach my arm too far and I'm not sleeping on my stomach, but other than that I feel great! My spots on my left breast have completely healed. Yay! No more leaking, no more gauze! The scars on the spots are pretty red still and wider than my other scars. My PS said to give it 9 months to a year, and if the scars aren't thin like the others, then he will do a scar revision. I went for a checkup last Thursday and my PS said that my scars are looking good everywhere else. The scars on my sides are a little more red than the ones on my actual breasts. And at the very end of the scars, you can feel the knots in the sutures. It feels like they might end up poking through the skin, but my PS said that they will just take longer to dissolve. I'm cleared to do everything like before, but he did say to be careful about stretching too far when exercising. They took some pictures at this appointment, which is the first "after" pictures they have taken. I go back in two month for another checkup.

I'm so happy with my size! I love wearing cute tops now and wearing things that actually fit me. I went bra shopping a couple of weeks ago. I got two wireless bras that mostly work. My breasts are a little two wide at the base for a 34C, but don't fill out the cups in a 34D. I ended up getting 36C, but the times that I have worn them all day, the too-big band has not been comfortable. I can feel the bra moving around. So, I have preferred to just keep wearing my Coobie bras. I'm really loving bralettes though!

Oh, and another exciting thing that happened is my wedding dress fitting. I bought my dress about ten months ago. It was a size 10. When I went in for my fitting, I put it on and it was way too big! I have lost about 25 pounds since then and of course gotten a reduction, so it was a big difference. They said it was too much for them to take in and keep the shape of the dress. I ended up having to exchange the dress for a size 6, which I was so lucky that they had it on the floor because my wedding is in two months and it wouldn't have had time to come in. The 6 still has to be taken in, but nowhere near as much as my original dress. And the most exciting part? I don't have to wear a bra with it! Whoo hoo! I was going to get cups sewn into the dress, but I don't even have to do that. They stay up where they are supposed to and the cups are really only for shape, but it looked good without the cups, so completely braless for me!

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You look great. Congratulations on your weight loss and being able to fit into a size 6 wedding dress.
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Thanks!
You look awesome! To be able to exchange this wedding dress into a 6 must have been a very thrilling feeling congrats on that as well.
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3 Months!

I can't believe it's been three months since my surgery. I'm doing great! I love my size and I feel so much better. There's not much to report since my last update. My spots on my left breast are healed now. The scars from the spots are looking better, but still may need a revision to make them thin again. I'm still wearing bralettes, which are so comfy! Clothes fit so much better and I can actually wear smaller sizes now. They are not as perky as they were, but still so much better than before! Overall I'm so happy I had this surgery! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is considering it!

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Outstanding, your trouble spots have healed up. Mine took same amount of time to heal all the way. And your shape is great! It's amazing the kind of bras and tops we can wear now, right?! Continued good healing and HUGS
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You look so great! Pretty shape, perfect profile! Don't worry those scars will fade. I'm happy you healed so nicely! I bet you're excited about tanks this summer!
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you look great and really useful to see your pics as i think i am going to end up looking a lot like you, currently 3 weeks post op and looking wonderful but still swollen and need to settle into final shape.
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Almost 5 Months!

So, I haven't updated in a while, but all the craziness is finally settling down so I figured I would do a little update. Well, first of all, I am now a married woman! My wedding was two weeks ago and it was amazing! Everything turned out exactly how I had envisioned it and it was beautiful! I was so comfortable in my dress and not self-conscious at all, like I would have been before the surgery. I didn't even have to wear a bra with my dress!

I am still so happy with my results! I don't regret anything about the surgery, only wish I would have done it sooner. I haven't gotten a professional bra fitting yet, but I did buy some bras that fit well and are super cute. I was originally a 34H and assumed I was a 34C now. I tried on some 34Cs in the Kohls brand, but the band felt a little too tight. I ended up getting 36B in an unlined demi bra. It fits really well. I found out that I can't wear anything with padding, so the unlined works really well for me. I got the same bra in three different colors, lol. I am loving shopping for clothes now. Everything finally fits the way it should and I even enjoyed shopping for a swimsuit! I am all healed up. I'm still not sleeping on my stomach though, since they are still so firm and it feels like there are two rocks underneath my chest, but other than that I am completely back to normal. I feel amazing and am so happy I had this surgery!

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I am in awe of your transformation. In my wildest dreams I cannot imagine being a B cup - your new breasts really suit your thin figure. Your wedding dress is beautiful - good luck on your future as a Mrs.
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Thank you! I couldn't imagine being a B cup before my surgery. Now, I think it fits my frame. I still say I'm between a B and C though, depending on the brand. It really has been a huge transformation! I looked so different in my engagement pictures taken last summer. I was about 30 pounds heavier with huge boobs! I feel so much better now. :-)
Aww congratulations on your wedding, your dress is stunning and yay with your great results xxx
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7 Months

My surgery was 7 months ago on June 11th. Everything is still great. I love my results! I am still fitting into 36B bras. It's so awesome not paying $60+ for one bra. I just bought a strapless and t-back bra that came in a set for $20! I am loving being able to wear cute little sundresses this summer. My scars are fading nicely. Some spots are still a little pink/red, but they don't bother me. My problem area under the left side has healed pretty good. That scar is wider, but doesn't look too bad. I'll probably still get a scar revision at the end of summer though so that it matches the other side. Everyone tells me how much more confident I am now. Some know about the surgery and some don't. But everyone can tell how much more happy I am. This was seriously the best decison and it has completely changed my life.

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You have simply the BEST reduction results I have seen here on RS! Beautiful and natural...CONGRATS! Glad for you, HUGS :-DSuzy
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Wow, thanks girl! It was slow-going, but I'm so happy with the final results! Seeing how you healed really helped me get through my healing.
:-D

Almost 10 Months

Well, it's been almost 10 months since my surgery. Still the one of the best decisions I have made. About a month ago I went in for a small scar revision on my right side where the scar was still a little puffy. My doctor used liposuction to suck out extra fat that was making it stick out. It was a simple procedure that was done in his office with only local anesthesia. It didn't hurt at all, but I could feel the pressure of what he was doing. It was bandaged up for about a week and hurt as much as a bruise does, and now that scar is flat. My scars are slowly fading and turning white. Underneath the left breast where I had my problem area is still red and doesn't look pretty, but I am going in at my year mark to have a scar revision there too. My PS will make a shallow incision along the scar and pull the skin tighter to make a nice pretty scar to match the right side. :) Not looking forward to being taped again, but it will be worth it. All in all, I am still so happy I was able to have this surgery! I can't believe that in just two months it will have been a year! But at the same time, it's hard to remember what those big ole boobies felt like!

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lovely result and nicely faded scarring, thanks for updating
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What a beautiful and natural looking result. So proud for you!
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