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Confessions of a POST-OP BR Girl - Seattle, WA

Like most ladies on this site, I've read a lot of...

Like most ladies on this site, I've read a lot of reviews, looked at endless before and after pictures, gone back and forth and back again about having this surgery, and have started writing this review more than once...
So, I'm going to spare the big long story and just tell you the facts according to me - in bullet format. Who doesn't like a list of personal confessions about boobs?!!

Here's mine:
* I'm 33 years old, 5'5", weigh 205lbs, and wear a 36G bra.
* I don't hate my boobs. I just hate how much they weigh.
* I've wanted breast reduction since I found out about it at age 16, but I've always put it off for one reason or another. Life gets in the way sometimes.
* My back, shoulders, and neck hurt all day - every day. I have given myself stomach ulcers because of all the ibuprofen I've taken for the pain.
* I had my Insurance Consultation with my surgeon on 12/12/12. The doctor was comforting, reassuring, and everything I could ask for in a PS. He even wears a bow tie. Yes: A bow tie! He sat down with me and discussed my expectations, the technique he would use, and the likely outcome of the surgery. He told me I was a great candidate and would likely be able to get insurance coverage for medical necessity. He took measurements, then decided how much tissue would need to be removed from each breast. Finally he took "before" pictures of my front and side, then sent me to speak with his surgery coordinator. She answered any billing questions I had and got the ball rolling with insurance approval. We talked about losing weight and she encouraged me to lose 20lbs by the time I have my procedure. Then I was on my way to start the waiting game.
* My surgeon estimates that he'll need to remove 600ccs from each breast. That's volume. I have no idea how much that's gonna weigh. I hope it comes out to 15lbs of tissue off my chest. Hey! A girl can dream.
* I met with my PCP on 12/21/12 to get a letter of medical necessity for my insurance. I'm a little (I lied. I'm a LOT) OCD, so I basically wrote the letter myself and asked her to sign it. haha! It included what kind of pain/symptoms I've had from my overly large breasts (back/shoulder/neck pain, shoulder grooving, skin irritation, etc), how long I've had these symptoms, treatments I've tried (ibuprofen, physical therapy, massage, chiro, etc), how long I've tried them, effectiveness of these treatments, and why breast reduction is a necessary step to resolve my symptoms. She's all for this surgery and found my "taking initiative" with the letter to be charming, so she happily rewrote the letter in her own words and forwarded a copy to me and my PS. Hooray!
* On 2/18/13, I got the green light from my insurance! I made my boobs give each other a high five to celebrate. God, I really hope I can't do that after surgery.
* I scheduled surgery for 5/9/13 and kicked my weight loss mission into high gear. At the time of my consult, I weighed 235. I've lost 30lbs since Dec '12.
* I had my pre-op mammogram on 4/11/13. I had to get one because of my prior history of fibroadenoma. My doc wanted to be cautious. I wanted to crawl under a rock. Mammograms suck.
* I have been eating "clean" since I got approved for surgery. This means, very limited refined carbohydrates, no fast food, very little eating out, no dairy (I'm super lactose intolerant), no gluten, lots of fruits and vegetables, and lean meats. I've also been doing yoga every morning and walking every evening. I feel fantastic and plan to keep it up during recovery.
* At age 11, I went from flat to C over one summer and became the least popular girl in my 6th grade class.
* By age 14, I was a 34DD, and was the most popular girl in my 9th grade class...weird.
* To play soccer I wear an underwire bra, underneath a sports bra, underneath a tightly wrapped Ace bandage. That's just so my boobs don't bounce around and dislocate my shoulder during a game - again. Yes, this has happened before. Multiple times. During multiple games. I've had shoulder reconstruction because of it. I am so excited to be able to run with out all this "support".
* My posture sucks. Hunch. Hunch. Hunch.
* I wear deodorant and baby powder underneath and between my boobs to avoid the "fromunda cheese". It works most of the time.
* Sometimes when I go to the movie theater, I get popcorn stuck in my cleavage. It itches.
* My best party trick involves me sticking a bottle of beer in my cleavage and bending over backwards so that it pours into my mouth. I'm gonna have to find a new party trick.
* Boyfriends have always loved my boobs and girl friends have always been envious. I wish I could detach them from my chest and give them away. "Here, knock yourself out, but be careful not to poke an eye out!"
* My sister is flat as a board. We have always joked about doing a "breast donation operation" to even out the difference. I still wish that was an option. Sorry sis!
* My pre-op appointment is tomorrow. I can't wait. I'm up late because I can't stop thinking about it. I'm still trying to figure out a way to broach the subject of the "breast donation operation" with my PS.
* I have attached some before pics. I just hope I remember to post more pics as I go...

I had my pre-op appointment today. It went really...

I had my pre-op appointment today. It went really well! The doctor answered my questions about size, shape and appearance after surgery. He is thinking I'll be a full C when all is said and done. I don't know why I thought he was taking 600cc from each breast. His original estimate was 500cc from one side and 450cc from the other. So, I'm not sure where I got 600 from! Haha. Even after losing weight, his estimate is the same since I really don't lose weight from my breasts. Yay!
Anyway, I told him my fears (side boob, "dog ears", disproportionately sized nipples, nipples that point out or down, and the dreaded "square boob") and he gently smiled and put my fears to rest. He reassured me that we would have a very aesthetic result.
After that, I spent the rest of my time with his nurse going over the pre-op checklist. I work for a surgeon, so most of it was very familiar. But she made sure not to skip or miss anything. And she reminded me to use common sense when it comes to home care. Apparently, a lot of people don't think about pre-preparing meals and snacks so they're easily microwaved; avoiding infection by regularly changing and cleaning bed linens, only using bath towels and wash cloths once per shower, and only wearing clothing one time before washing; avoiding injury or infection by keeping pets off the bed; and taking it easy during the weeks following surgery. I assured her that I've got it on lock...mostly because I've seen too many people fail during their post-surgical phase for being non-compliant, because they have no common sense. She was wonderful and answered so many questions. We talked about my support system and where to go if I need help. I've got my best friend and sister taking turns taking care of me, so I feel like I'm in good hands after surgery. And if we run into any complications, I can call someone 24/7 if needed.
I've got 3 weeks to go and I'm feeling ready. If there's any words of wisdom or advice for quick and speedy recovery, I'd love to hear them. Thank you for the kind words so far. I'm so grateful for this community and the opportunity to share my experience.

Less than two weeks to go! I've been getting a...

Less than two weeks to go! I've been getting a little weird. My best friend thinks I'm nuts, but it's helping to calm my nerves and keep me from freaking out. Here's what I've been up to in preparation for surgery:

* Testing out my post-op pillow nest and different configurations for optimal TV viewing, sleeping and eating.
*Re-arranging my living room and kitchen to make everything be at hip level for easy access. My apartment now resembles an elderly person's rehab facility.
*Getting my Netflix and HULU queues all set up for post-op viewing and borrowing as many video games as my nerdy friends will lend me. I am ready to veg out til my brain rots!
*Training myself to sleep on my back, which is horrible because I am not a back sleeper. So I've been practicing a lot of guided relaxation, which is very...relaxing.
*Training my dog to stay off the bed. He doesn't like it and neither do I. So far, we've spent a lot of time staring at each other until I give in and let him up on the bed for a snuggle in the end. He always wins. Too bad this means he'll probably have to go away for a few days after the surgery. :(
*Cleaning out my closet and saying goodbye to all of my favorite boobie shirts. I went out for a Last Hurrah with the girls last night and wore my all time favorite low cut boobie shirt. One of my friends actually got teary eyed about it and hugged my boobs then took a picture of them. lol Apparently this is going to be harder for her than it is for me!
*Talking to people at work about it because my time off has finally been posted on the staff calendar and people have been asking me why I'll be gone for two weeks. lol Well, now they know! I'm pretty sure they would've noticed my substantially smaller chest when I came back anyway! haha
*Seeing - and feeling - other women's results in person! I've had several women show me their results since they've heard about my upcoming surgery! One, even pulled me into a room, pulled up her shirt and put my hand on her breast so I could feel her scars. If she wasn't a nurse who was showing me something in such a clinical, sterile way, I'm sure it would've made for good porn! haha

Aside from all that, I've been doing everything my surgeon told me to do: keep eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting good sleep, no alcohol, no smoking, no blood thinners or weirdo herbal supplements etc. I've gotten the Rx's filled that they gave me. I've got Arnica Montana and Bromelain. I've got paper tape, gauze pads, and sterile dressings for days. I've got bacitracin. I've got my post-op bras. And I've got my post-op support in place. All I have to do now is wait...Eeeek...

I just hope I don't get any weirder!! haha!

Had my procedure this morning with Dr. Isik. He is...

Had my procedure this morning with Dr. Isik. He is amazing and his staff is truly wonderful. I'm at home resting in my pillow fort. My best friend is taking care of me and she's been wonderful. I couldn't ask for more. Thanks for all the support and well wishes, ladies! I'll post some post-op pics soon!

It's Monday morning and I'm 5 days post-op. Sorry...

It's Monday morning and I'm 5 days post-op. Sorry I haven't done much updating or picture posting, ladies!
I've been doing really well, much better than I thought I would be at this point. I've been sleeping a lot and trying to make the most of my time off work by seeing friends and family I don't usually get to see. They've all been so supportive and excited to see my results that its been a big boost during this time of healing. I've also been drinking a lot of fluids and getting in as much walking as I can.
Today, I can see and feel the swelling going down. There's definitely some bruising, but I've been taking the Arnca Montana and Bromelain religiously, so I'm sure those are reducing it substantially. My pain level is well managed (0-1), and my drains have barely anything in them. I'm feeling pretty good about my recovery so far!
I took my first shower yesterday and included some pics from that, as well as when I first got home from surgery. The doc said he took about 475 from the left breast and 550 from the right. Since he took significantly more from the right, it's been more swollen and has drained more than the left, but both seem to be healing up just fine! Steri Strips are still on and so are the drains. Hoping both will come off by mid-week: patience is a virtue!
Anyway, cheers ladies!
Let me know what you think.

One Week Post-Op. Everything's Aaaaallright. (new pics)

Hey all! Little post-op update: Drains came out yesterday. Incisions look good. I've been getting lots of rest, icing, catching up on tons of shows, walking more every day and feeling better and better as the days go by.
I'm down to 1-2 pain pills per day, mostly as needed for breakthrough pain. I've had barely any bruising and tge swelling has gone down quite a bit. I've added a few new pics. It's crazy to see how much they've changed already!

2 & 3 Week Post Op Update

I had my post op appt with Dr Isik at the 2 week mark on last Weds 5/22. I'm healing well and things are looking good. There was a bit of concern over the T junction under my left breast. That one has opened up a tiny bit (see pictures), but it has a little more tension on it than the right one. So, I've been watching it and it seems to be healing up ok.
My nipples are finally healing up. Yay! Those have been the most painful part of the healing process. I'll just need to keep taping my incisions/scars and taking good care of myself and all should be well.
I'm sooooo excited to increase my activity, exercize, vacuum, dance, etc.

One month post-op

It's officially been a month. Everything's feeling good. My left underboob is slowly healing up at the T junction and all the other incisions are doing well. My left breast has dropped nicely, but my right one is taking a little longer. Dr. Isik told me that would be the case...but I'm reeeeeally hoping is catches up soon! Haha
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Hi there, everything looks great! You are the closest to my begining size so I really am grateful for you posting!! How are you now? Are you able to post any current pictures? My surgery is June 19th, and I cant wait!! Thank you again
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Oh, thank you! Check out my newest update. I've posted some recent pics. Good luck on your surgery! :)
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looking good!!! What size did you want to be? what post op bra are you wearing? I ordered 3 different brands and a couple of different sizes because Im not sure which one will work for me when swollen. What size do you think are right now? Sorry for all the questions :)
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Haha. No worries! I wanted to ve somewhere between a C and D. I'd say I'm at a D right now. Both breasts are still really firm and probably a bit swollen internally, so I reckon I'll setlle down to about a small D or large C. I'll know for sure at the 3 month mark. I didn't spend any extra money on post-op bras. My surgeon sent me home with two cotton post-op compression bras that I wore for the first two weeks. Since then, I've just worn good, supportive sports bras. That's what was recommended, and it's been comfortable as well. :)
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I am SOOO jealous! You look amazing!! My surgery is in 9 days and I love to see the stories and results. The waiting is killing me! Good luck and keep posting your results!
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Thanks so much! Good luck to you on your surgery. Can't wait to see your results. :)
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your girls are taking a great shape and I had a very similar T-junction opening and it looks yours is mending. Looking fab lady!
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Thanks! :)
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Awesome results hun, congrats :)
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We had our surgeries on the same day! I didn't have drains though, but we seem pretty even as far as swelling and stuff! I went from a DDD to a smallish C! So happy, and I hope you continue healing really well and enjoy your new girls!
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Thankyou! I hope you do as well!
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Looking great! Keep up the good work!
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Thanks!
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You look just great. I had my drains in for ten days and I feel they really helped with the swelling because they drained tons. Glad to hear you are walking and enjoying your time off. Best of luck.
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Wow wow wow! You look GREAT! It's awesome to hear that you are out and about visiting and getting some walking in, those are two of my goals. You must feel incredible, I can't believe you're a kg smaller now
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Thanks! The doc estimated a little over 1Kg was removed. I'll find out the exact amount at my 1st post op appt on the 22nd. But yeah! Crazy! I feel really great about the size and think it will be perfect when I lose the rest of the weight I'm planning to lose. :)
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Did you end up finding out how much was removed?
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Never mind I see in your update now! That is alot!
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Glad everything is going so well and you're a trooper. I would have been grumpy to have drains in that long but I bet it helps a lot with bruising/swelling. You look fantastic!
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Thank you! Lindsay (my best friend/care taker) spoke with Dr. Isik's RN and she said it wouldn't hurt anything to leave the drains in for up to a week. They really have helped a TON with the swelling and bruising because that's all flowed out through the drains. And I don't mind it, cause I'm just layin around anyway! lol
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Looking great! And good for you got walking! Cheers to a speedy recovery!
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Thank you so much! I'm not one to stay put and be happy about it, so staying active has been really great. :)
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Looking forward to seeing pics, what a good friend looking after you :)
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Yes! She's amazing! Even took off work to be with me. Couldn't ask for a better friend. :)
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Congrats! Rest up & you'll be fine. Had mine done one week ago and i'm doing great. I'm sure you'll have a great recovery!
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