I have always had really large breast. Most of my family does. I am doing this for me. I am doing this because I want my neck and back to feel less pain and stress, because I want to feel less self conscious about my breasts. I am doing this to be able to be more active without pain or discomfort . I am doing this to hopefully fit into clothing better. Also It would be really nice to be able to buy a bra without ARMOR in it. I would like to be able to buy a nice pretty bra for $15-25.00. Right now I spend $46-70.00 per bra. It never seems to matter how big or small I am I always have huge boobies. Even when my rib size was 36 inches I wore a size "F-G" . I am activley loosing weight before the surgery which is not easy by any means but I am doing it. I would like to loose 15-20 more pounds before my surgery. Easier said than done but well worth the effort. I have all summer off work so I plan on relaxing and recovering.
40H Breast Reduction Soon - Springfield, MO
I have always had really large breast. Most of my...
Just found out my Plastic surgen is planning on...
I mean grams....lol.. I would like for my ending...
My surgery is nearly six weeks away. I can't...
It is sort of sad.... SORT OF. I am removing the part of me (My breasts) that got me picked on by other girls in fith grade. The part of me I tried to bind in 7th grade after reading that some forigne countries use binding to prevent growth. The part of me I cried over at 17 because I could only find ONE prom dress in the whole town to fit my bust and my then small waist into. The part of me that first drew my wonderful husbands attention for the first time 14 years ago ( still going strong ) and the part of me that fed my two wonderful babies. It is sad .... sort of to say good bye to that part of me.
But I am so ready for the next new improved part of me. I can't wait to wear things I never felt comfortable in ! Like a swinsuit with no bra on underneath it ! I can not even emagin how wonderful that will be. Or how about a v-neck top that I am not accidently spilling out of :O) Or what about a blouse ... with buttons. lost of tiny buttons. Or better yet, reliefe of tired ackey muscles all over my upper body all the time and the thought of being able to sit up straigh. Whoow.. cyber sister watch out.
Reading all these posts about how wonderful everyone is doing post-op and how much reliefe they feel is inspiring. I can't wait to be on the flip side. I want to thank everyone for being so honest and brave and posting all the their pics and expieriences to help others. I really appreciate it. It is really helping me keep focused on the end result.
When I start freeking out about the bad things that could go wrong I get on here and chec out what other are going threw, and for some reason knowing I am not the only one having a freekout moment or a fifty questions is very helpful.
I went "window" bra shopping again ! can't wait. My PS told me not to do any shopping for bras or tops till about 3 months post op. :O( That is soooo far away. I am going to do my best. How long does it really take before I can wera a underwire bra ? How long before I can really know what size the new girls will be. I have the entire summer off work to sit back relax and recover. I am so excited!
Is it just me or does anybody else feel like...
This week has been better for me. I am less...
I had a major freak out Friday night. I started...
Sat I was in such a gung-ho mood. I went on an hour long hike and then "Window-shopping :O) " for 4-5 hours. ..lol.. I drug my daughter along too. We had a great time. We were out looking at what I might be able to wear after surgery. I refused to buy anything though. Even though the pants I had on are clearly too big for me. I have lost 16 pounds now. I have definantly hit a small platue. So with that loss my clothing is getting to big.
So to confess .... I just took some measurements. Under my bust was 38 and bust was 49.5 and above bust was 40. My 44 H bra is too big now. The band slips and slides more than a kid in summer camp. I know I really need a 40-42 band on my bra now but with surgery so close I am refusing to shop for one that fits me right now. Even my hubby says my pants and bra no longer fit me. O' well. I guess I will just look bad till surgery and then I will redo my entire wardrobe and look Amaizing !!!!!!!
I am so excited. I do agree that my clothing looking so big on me makes me look a bit frumpy. But why would I purchase so close to surgery ? I hope everyone is doing well out there. I am feeling great so I am off to exercise !!
I am trying to be patient. :O) 4 weeks and 4...
4 weeks and 4 days till surgery :O)
or 31 days (Not counting today or surgery day.)
EXCITING stuff ! I am having the hardest being patient. I can't stop reading about BR and looking at before and after pics. I really need to get a note pad and get my last minute questions down. I also need to get a list of recovery items from my PS. I really don't want to be doing anything last minute. I can't wait to be on the flip side.
I thought I would take some before pictures of...
Tonight I am reall nervous. So nervous I could...
I went to get refitted for a bra today. I am now...
Some ladies I know actually want my striped bra in the pic for a breast cancer project :O) I will be glad to donate that too. It is kind of a bummer though. I just bought 6 new bras in Feb. and I do not fit a single one. I have always paid well for bras that fit and it is irratating ( and painful ) to wear a $75.00 bra that doesn't even fit. I can not wait to be able to but a $10.00 bra :O) I am so glad my insurance company is paying for most of this. I am going to call my PS this week just to touch base and see if there is anything I should be doing or not doing. Plus I really need them to give me a list of items I should buy for recovery. That will give me something to do.
I called the PS office and spoke with the office...
I guess that also means no pics till after then. My hubby said "You are not going to be removing the bandages the PS put on just to take pics., every time those bandages come off you might risk infection" Does anyone know if that is true ? Does removing the bandages risk infection ? I plan on following what ever instructions my PS gives me but I was just wondering.
I am also wondering when did all you ladies out there let you guy see the new boobies. My hubby is terribley squeamish . I am not sure he could handle seeing them right away. Plus I have herd the first two weeks are the scariest to look at , plus with my post op being so far out I will miss most of those scary sights. Expeshially if I really have to keep them covered in the bandaged they put on me fot the first 9 days. Is that even Hygenic ???? I guess I will have to sponge bath. I am going to the corner salon to get mt hair washed . I am going to let my girls help with the drying and styling. I wonder how great I will look after my 7 year old daughter gets her turn to help me :O) She is going to have a blast.
I decided that I need to read up on the basics of...
It is not as easy to navigate as this one, but It is another source of info.
Eight days to go and I am feeling great. My...
My PS was very informative in my pre-op so I know alot about what to expect with surgery for the most part. Dr. Geter told me my boobies would look squareish for a while and less full at the bollom of my breast. My PS said I might hate him after surgery and have a crying fit and worry that I made a bad choice , He said not to worry though that they would drop and settel in and round out over the next six months and once thay did that I would like him again ;o) ...LOL... My PS told me that it is normal for large busted wemon to feel flat chested after surgery but he assured me I WOULD NOT BE.
I have a friend who has a friend (Who is also a nurse) :O)...lol.. That had a breast removed due to cancer. Dr. Geter performed her surgery and also her reconstruction and my friend said the new breast looks fantastic !!! So I am taking this as a good sighn. If a nurse would pick him.... I want him too. Since choosing Dr. Geter I have met a few people who know someone who has used him, and all I hear are raving reviews. So after all the stories and my own openion of him I am certin the procedure will be wonderful.
Dr. Geter told me the most important thing was for me to be realistic with my ideal out come. Which I am. I don't care if they are not perfect or scared. I do not care if one is a tad bigger. I only care that they look ok and wind up smaller and back on my chest where they started...lol.... I would also prefer that they still have fullness :O)
Today I feel excited and on top of the world. I...
I do have one question though.
At the start of the year I decided to get healthier and so I went from consuming a toxic amount of salt to eating no added salt, no salt and low sodium foods only ( this actually was easy to do for me). also I started watching my sugar intake and snacky carbs. I really cut back on those too. I was consuming a ton of coffee too. I don't mean one regular cup of coffee either. I mean the tall grande extra charger Mocha ,caramel, and vanilla gas station coffee. YUMMY. so anyhow I used to do that all the time. but now I don't partly because of my question. So my question is I had a naughty coffee yesterday an then 2 regular cups today :O( and I felt a little flutter in my chest...... I used to have that sometimes after drinking a lot of caffine. Now I am a tad worried with surgerie next Friday. Do you guys out there think I should call my Family Dr. ? I am not going to drink anymore coffee before surgery cause now I am a bit frightened. The flutter was very light and only lasted a second.....Hmmmm.
Called my Family Dr. and she said the amount of...
I am feeling ready. I went out and purchased a...
2 nights and 1 day left and although I am nervous...
Finally got to talk to a nurse today in about my...
Fix and freeze a few meals
clean my room
Put all the items I might want like remotes, magazine, book, hand loation, baby wipes and ECT. on my night stand
charge camera battery
charge cell phones and
lay out clothing and pillows for in the morning
:O) and then VOILA !!!! I will be done :O)
Chat to you all on the flip side
I MADE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!! I got up at 5:00 am....
I got up at 5:00 am. Arrived at the surgery center at 6:20. Went to my room at 6:30. And then the orchestra skilled people all did their parts to get me ready. First a nurse to check all my info and and medical history , she also had me take a preg test. ( negative of course) Then a man came in directly after my neg. preg. result and he numed my arm and put in my I.V. drip. As soon as he left the anesthesiologist came in and went threw all my medical info as well, then he talked with us and made sure we had no questions. Then a few more people came in one right after the next until at 7:00 am when Dr. Geter came in .
Dr. Geter was happy , informative and full of great info. He answered all my questions before I even asked them ! He was FANTASTIC and knowlegable. Then he moved on to marking my breasts. He drew and measured each line carefully. Dr. Geter drew and measured one line on breast A and then drew and measured the same line on breast B , he did this untill every marking was done and he was was finished. He was very gentle and drawing all the marking took no time at all. I was completely ready for surgery at 7:15. The OR nurse came in and put some drug in my IV and I was talking to her as she wheeled me out of the room at 7:25 am and I was awake for about 10 secounds. Next thing I knew I was waking up in post-op.
Post op: I was in the recovery room for about 1 hour. I felt dizzy and my incesions felt like I had a rope burn. I was at about a 6 on the pain scale. They gave me pain meds and something for the dizziness. Then I went back to my room. My hubby was there and I was so happy to see him that I got teary for a moment. More pain meds and more dizzy meds and then Dr. Geter came in to check on me. He said everything went fantastic and that he removed a total of 3.8 pounds of breast tissue. I ate a few crackers and drank some tea, 2 hours later I was headed home. I got home at about 3:00 pm. Just as they said I had a surgical bra on and they gave me extra dressings. I purchased an extra bra in post op just to have it when I needed it. I was told it would cost about $15.00 dollars.
So far recovery has been easy. I am moving slow and gentle but My pain is very little. I am probley a 2 on the pain scale. I came home with Tylenol3 and some antibiotics. I was told to shower on Sunday and let my boobies air dry. No more bandages after sinday unless I am having drainage. I was told to let the boobies get some air time for up to 4 hours. I was instructed to wear the bra around the clock otherwise. And my next post-op appointment is on June 5 TH.
As far as how I am emotionaly doing .... Fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you to everyone who has chatted to me on here and given me much need suport.
P.S. no, I have not peaked at the new boobies.
As of this morning I am still doing great. Pain is...
I slept reclined but NOT laying down last night. I have a chase lounge that is in my livingroom. The lounge legg part can be removed and used as a leather ottoman so all I had to do was sit back and let my hubby push the ottoman up to the chair making it the chase. This was easier than trying to hold my weight with my arms to turn and move to lay in bed. it is not comfortable to bring my hands together in front of me to wash my hands so I am still having help with washing. I will try to upload my pic of the markings Dr. Geter made. I know he made more after I was under anasthesia so of course I do not have pics of that.
I am still needing a lot of help to get around. My...
I must confess I took a shower like I was directed...
Here is the new boobies. I am back to doing woderfully and my discomfort is a 1... at most.
SENSATION !!!!!!! That is what is going on so far...
Today is recovery day 5. I am feeling tired still....
I forgot to mention on the 27th after my tramatic first shower , I air dried and put on a fresh post-op surgical bra which only lasted about one hour before poping at the seams. SO (after that horrid shower) I had to go threw waiting for the first bra to wash and dry and also the rewrapping :O( I was glad for that day to be over. I finally got to talk to my PS office taday and they said just to bring in the faulty bra and they would give me a new one. :O) That makes me happier. My camera spazed out and wiped my sim clean this morning so I lost a lot all my post op pics. :O( Hope this is the worst thing that happens to me. Lessoned learned though. Back up my pics :O) So because I had to retake my pics for today I decided to post a few.
I must be a SPAZ !!!!!!!!!! I have been on...
I have been on Tylenol3 since comming home from surgery on May 25th. I tried to go off it twice but both times I decided I wasn't ready and so I went back on T3. Well I took my third shower yesterday ( Horrid again ) and so because of what happened in the shower I called my PS. They told me to STOP the T3, So now for the third time I am off T3. :O/ I am not in any pain at all and no discomfort. I feel pretty good now actually. I feel more awake, and I actually made it into my own bed last night where I slept ALL NIGHT. So apparently going off T3 this time was a good thing.
Now let me tell you what keeps happening to me in the SHOWER.
So ,,,, My first shower was a major overwhelming panic attack. I am nearly fainted. I vomited and I had a rough time.
My second shower was "OK" But Mostly because I DID NOT look at anything and my hubby was very quick about helping me wash and get out of there ASAP.
Yesterday my third shower went exactly the same as my first shower minus the vomiting. So It was HORRID.
I was standing there for my third shower yesterday waiting for my hubby to get the water to a good temp and I felt "OK". But then he helps me out of my zip up gown and he plays with the water again. This time as I wait I can feel myself getting woosy. Next he helps me out of my bra and underclothing and BAM ! I look down as I step into the shower and FULL force dizzy going to faint ! I am then rushed from the shower to the next room and there I am set to recline ina chair. My hubby dries me off ( Not that I am really wet cause my shower only lasted a half secound :O? and then I just relax there for about 15 minutes. At which time I get up (NO LOOKING DOWN) and take a speed shower. I did just fine this time.
So apparently I am a SPAZ !!!!! I do not understand. What is the deal ? I am so happy to have this done... is it possible that I am so weaked kneed by looking at my frankin boobs that I get thrown into a full force anxiety attack. I know I it might sound crazy but I let the new boobies air dry and I am so hyper sesitive now that I can actually feel the air in the room if someone walks by. My Ps said there were a select few that wind up hyper sensitive but he never mentioned it to this extream. Could it be that I am having a sensation overlaod in the shower and that gives me a anxiety attack ? What would a person even do to help with that ?
ADVICE anyone ..... PLEASE :O/
Dark spot on my left nipple and shower update, I...
I am going to start with my shower update. First I started with 3 times yesterday I disrobed and just took a moment to look at my new girls and let them breath.
second,I took my shower at night instead of first thing in the morning , I undressed 10 minutes before my shower to give my self some time to just breath and take it all in ,I made sure the shower was ready before I got there, and we kept the bathroom door open to keep the room cooler
My shower was fine . No anxiety. I am so happy. I am going to repeat this method again today.
On another note. I have a dark spot on my left nippel. I think it has goten darker but not persay bigger. If you look really closley you can see it on other pisc. but I am posting a really good pic of it . I called my PS this morning and they want to see me today at 4 pm. I will let you all know what they say. I hope it is no big deal. I am not really worried.
I just got home from my Ps office and THANK GOD my...
I KNOW !!! way too early to get a new bra but I...
Also some one on here posted ( and my post-op nurses recomended) using pads in your bra for drainage and padding. I am using this idea. Pads are WAY better than the gauz idea. The gauz was sruck to me on day 3 when I took my first shower and removing it nearly made me faint. I switched then to "Stayfree Ultra Thin Overnight" (with wings but I rip them off). These pade are really long, really thin, wide, and VERY comfortable to me. I use one under each breast. They cover the complete bottom scar and most of the scar going up to my areola. I do not have drainage yet but my breasts are crazy sensitive and my lower incisions are very tender. This trick helps me. I love that the pads have tape so you can just lie back place them where you want them and then press the bra in place. Ta Da then you are done. No fidigiting with gauz moving or falling out and they do not bunch up either.
I was out and about today for about 4 hours. I am exausted now. WHEW ! I need a nap. Hope everyone is doing well.
I have found this to be a very rewarding surgery so far. I really encourage any reader thinking about this to get a consultation. It was nice today to go into a store and actually try on bras that were too big. Nice to have more than one rack of bras to choose from. Nice to not be biggest busted person in the place. Nice to try on tops and really feel like I look great. Not to mention I actually can see my feet now !
My youngest daughter came up to me the other day and gave me a hug and it was so wonderful to really feel her. She was for the first time ever hugging my ribs, not my bust :O) It actually made me cry. She loved my boobies but I hated them always being in her face when I hugged her. I love the way hugging feels now. I can actually get real hugs now.... O' AND I was trying to cut veggies this morning when my hubby commented that my boobies were not there rubbing on my four arms like they used to be ! I feel soooo much better about myself now. I am WAY happy. Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful support.
I am just updating some pics. Everything is going...
My neck pain and stiffness are GONE
My back pain and stiffness are GONE
no digging bra straps
no sweaty breasts
no heat rashes
no floppy boobies when I turn over laying down
No giant boobies laying on my arms and pulling on my chest when I am laying on my back :O)
I can see my feet.
my clothing fits RIGHT
I now wear a 40D-42C NOT a 40H
in genral I just feel lighter (3.8 pounds to be exact !!!)
My breasts are not the first thing that touch my family when we hug
I look slimmer (but I notice my belly more)
My boobies fit into langerie for once
My breasts are off my ribs and up where they belong :O)
Did I mention I can cross my arms now !!!!!!!
I don't touch my breasts at all now when I clap my hands
I am not getting ANY awkward stared or looks at my breasts when I am out. I am just seen :O)
I am no longer the biggested busted person I know
I am no longer self concious.
If you are pre-op reading my post :
There are a lot of great bennifets that I have missed but these are the things I have noticed the most in the past 13 days. Emagine what other bennifets I will find in the next year. I do not regret this decision even for a moment. My Husband was reluctant and not wanting me to get this done till he met with my PS. Now I think there are times when he is more excited than I am about how I look. He tells me non stop how much lighter and happy I look. He complaments my figure all the time. He even has noticed the difference in how people look at me while we are out. NO staring. We are very happy and I know you will be too. This sight has been Fantastic for support and just airing out my feers and emotions and I can not tell you how very much I value all the support and info there is here. Hope you like us too. Good luck to you.
Wow, Ladies let me tell you. If you are pre-op...
23,471.00 Before any provider discounts .... OUCH
then after provider discounts are taken off the total bill says :
10,561.95 Of which my insurance company covered :
8,663.47 Leaving me owing a grand total of :
So my total bill owed for my BR is $ 1898.48 which is only 98.48 over what I guessed it would be so we are extreamly happy with that amount. Gool luck for every lady who is Pre-op and get well to all who are Post-op. The money is deffinantly worth it :O)
My breasts are still very tender and sometimes...
Called the PS this morning because I have a tiny...
OK. Today I am one day under 4 weeks. I think my...
Other than waiting for things to take shape everything is getting back to normal here. I am not sure how much longer I can take it easy though. My hubby is still pampering me and I am letting him. I really needed the break from work and chores but to be honest I am really tired of just sitting here. I have managed to get out and drive a few times now but I still feel sore after getting out and about. Also my stamina is still low, I think that came from sitting on my bumb for too long. Is it ok to get back on my tredmill now ? My PS just told me to keep taking it easy till my next appointment July 31st but surely he did not mean for me to continue to be stagnant till then.
Anyhoo !!!!!!!!!! Healing is good and I feel Fantastic. Everyone on this sight has been amaizing and so supportive. This sight is fantastic. I am so thankful to everyone who shares the before and after pics. They really are a helpful tool. Happy recovery to all post-op ladies and good luck the the pre-op op ones.
Well 5 weeks has just past. I updated my pics. I...
Well. Finally an update on me. I have been doing...
So far I am very pleased with my outcome. I know...
I for got to mention that I am still a C/ D cup...
2 years later and after my third pregnancy
I give Dr. Geter FIVE STARS !!!!!!!!!!.. Dr.Geter is a Fantastic PS. He took time to anwser every question my husband and I had about breast reduction. Dr. Geter was very realistic with possible outcomes and very informative with possible side affects. He even told us about the post-op emoyional side that goes with breast reduction. Dr. Geter was very warm and happy and professional. His staff is wonderful too. We arrived at the surgery center at 6am and every person we saw working there was wide eyed and happy to see us. Every one was working like a beautifuly directed orchestra. Just one happy helpful face after another. The surgery support staff did thier job in what seemed like minutes, yet at the same time they made us feel like they had all the time in the world for us. They were the nices crew I had ever met. I appreciated that even though it was a Friday everyone was really there and not dreaming about the weekend. I really recoment Dr. Geter and his staff. Dr.Geter is really a wonderful plastic surgen. I am now pain free with a better self image. Dr. Geter really had his work cut out with me. I wore a size "H' cup bra and he told me after surgery I would be a "D" and his words came true. I like that the most of all. He is extreamly reliable.