Boobs Be Gone Soon

I decided this year that it was time to get a...

I decided this year that it was time to get a breast reduction but first I needed to lose weight. I weighed in at 217 in February and began my journey to better eating and increased exercise on February 18, 2013. In April I went to see my primary doctor who gave me a referral to see a plastic surgeon. A friend recommended a plastic surgeon at Temple University who did her breast reduction. On my appointment date with the plastic surgeon a staff member took my pics and measurements before the PS finally came in. He actually just looked at my breasts, nodded his head yes and said "you should have a response from your insurance company in 4-6 weeks" and that was it. So within a few weeks my approval from Aetna arrived. I called the PS to find out what the next step would be and was informed that the previous doctor was retiring and they recommended another PS. I was somewhat relieved because the initial doctor was a little aged if you will. Anyhow, I met with the new doctor this past Friday. I was hoping to not have my BR until at least August since my children would be out of school. The doctor stated that since I was in the process of losing weight, the surgery shouldn't be conducted until i get with 10-15lbs of my goal weight. This works out because that should be around July or August. I'm currently down 34 lbs and have an appointment to see the PS June 28th to follow up and possibly schedule my date. I'm so excited about everything... weight loss and BR!!!!!! I'm gonna rock at my wedding and 40th Birthday in 2014.

Only 4 Until My Breast Reduction....

Sept 30 is my BIG DAY!!!!! So since February 18th I have lost about 48 lbs. I have 19 more to go to reach my goal weight. My breasts have gone from fluffy full to flat. I'm a 34 G/H. Since the weight loss people are asking why I still want to have the reduction done. I guess these minimizers really work. Anyhow I'm finally starting to feel nervous and excited at the same time this week. I'm only expecting to be out of work for one week as I have a high tolerance for pain. The PS wrote me out until November 4th. Gonna post before pics shortly.

Day 1 Post Surgery

I got to the hospital at 5:45 am yesterday (09/30/2013). everything went pretty fast. They took me to the back, I got undressed, then nurses and dr's came and introduced themselves. After they inserted my IV, the PS came and drew all over me. Soon after they wheeled me to the operating room. I remember sliding over onto a bed and then they were waking me up. The pain wasn't too bad. I told them I didn't want percocets so they gave me morphine through my IV. I was groggy and irritable at that point. After sleeping for a few hours I was fine. I woke up just before 6 pm. Right before I was ready to go to sleep for the night I asked the nurse for tylenol or motrin. That seemed to work just fine for the little pain I'm having. Some Dr. came in this morning to check my nipples. I still have sensation in them so that's good. They feel really firm right now, not mushy like before. I haven't been able to get a good view of them yet but so far they look pretty good. I'm hoping to go home by noon... only one hour to go.

2nd Night Post Op was Awful

OMG!!!!!! Last night I must say was the worse. I was hot, I was cold, I had chills, fever, and headache. I felt restless and sore. I woke up sweating profusely. I'm hoping I don't have to go back to the hospital due to an infection. Ugh!!!!!! Good news is, tonight I can shower and remove padding. I saw some indentations during a sneak peak that I hope will go away but only time will tell.

I Really Didn't Want To...

I was a little reluctant to take these photo's as my breasts look awful and i'm hoping this is just because I'm only 3 days post op. Nevertheless, maybe someone could tell me something that would make me feel better. Anyhow here are my 3 day post op pics. I have indentations on both breasts which I'm assuming came from the padding. I really don't know what else to say as they look really hideous right now. The funny part is, i'm not regretting the surgery (yet), and I am looking forward to the changes to come as my healing continues. Nevertheless, my fiance won't be seeing me bra less anytime soon...lol.

Good Sleep

Last night (4 days post op) I was able to sleep on my sides. Can't wait to sleep on my stomach again. I also did some lower body exercises for about 15 minutes (knee raises, squats, side steps). Just felt like I needed to move something. Recovery has me home eating all day(along with PMS) and the last thing I want to do is gain weight over the next few weeks. I'm gonna take a slow walk today.

8 days Post OP

One week and a day has gone past since my BR surgery. I have my follow up tomorrow and hopefully I can go to work afterwards. I love that I can actually wear a button up shirt. I lost almost 50lbs before my BR surgery so I spent yesterday cleaning out my closet and making room for my new clothes. All of my old bra's are all bagged up for the Goodwill. What did you all do with your old bra's??? I had 40DDD and 36G's. I think when it's all said and done I'm going to be a 34C... finally on 10/19 I get to start shopping for my wedding dress YIPPEEEE

Bra Shopping.... One Month Post Op

PS gave me the green light to go back to the gym....NO Restrictions. Just came from bra shopping.... right now (according to Victoria's Secret) I am a 34DDD... thinking I may still have some swelling going on. Tomorrow is back to the gym for ME... I will post pics soon.

One Month

Dr. Newman

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Yay! You are healing so much better now!!
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Looking great and healed so well. Happy for you and how exciting to get a new closet of clothes - have fun!!
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You are healing beautifully.. I knew those sides would fill in. Happy healing
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Have fun shopping for your wedding dress. I was thinking the other day what a shame that I got married before my reduction. I almost said to my hubby the other day that on our 5th anniversary we should have a big party and I could wear a beautiful dress, but I think he would just laugh at me.
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I'm sure he wouldn't laugh... that sounds like an awesome idea.
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babyphat.....is it Wednesday you see your doctor? maybe you should call and tell him what is going on and see if he will give you an earlier appointment....has the swelling gone down a little? I knew I had water retention because I could actually hear the water slushing about....anyhow, just a suggestion.
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Yes it is Wednesday...i'm just going to wait until then to talk to the doctor. I've come to terms with the idea that my boobs may be jacked up for a moment (lol). I will keep you posted as to what the PS says on Wednesday about my boob job.
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OK that's great.....I had my yearly check-up on Friday and everything is OK as I thought....and I will have to get a scar revision one at some point....it was caused by the build-up of fluid that lasted for a long time....but it is just a local anasthetic and nothing like surgery....good luck on Wednesday...
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Hi, I know we don't know each other but I hope you can forgive me my open words. I think the doctor has not placed the nipple right. Sure you need to heal and tissue needs time but I have never seen such holes in the breast. I would ask him how this happened and I would want a revision if you healed enough. Sorry but I don't think I am helping you with only nice words... I wish you a good healing and that he will be able to change that.
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No forgiveness needed. I'm sure you see the same weirdness I see lol. I'm going for a follow up Wednesday and I will find out what the heck he did and what he has to say about it.
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Congratulations on your BR and a BIGGER one on losing your weight!! Give it a few more weeks before it falls into place. It could be the dents from the bandages. Don't stress too much until a month later if it still hasn't fallen or soften. My breasts are slowly falling and slowly getting the softness back. Good luck with your healing!!
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Thanks... I feel like crying.
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Don't cry healing takes time. For the time being lets blame it on the bandages. At your post op bring up your concerns and if these results are permanent how can it be fixed.
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Hi babyphat....I have never seen anyone's breast after 3 days of surgery and mine were covered and taped....I am sure you must have lots of swelling...did you have drains??? If you are worried, call your doctor and tell him you want to see him...and congratulations for doing this for yourself....it takes time for everything to settle....6 weeks for sure....so see your doctor and don't drive yourself crazy wondering....
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Thanks... no drains at all. I see the doctor next Wednesday. I'm trying not to be alarmed however comparing myself to other peoples photo's and stories aren't helping my situation since I can't seem to find anyone with the same issues. How long were you taped up??? The tape I have left over my incisions is super annoying. Actually, I'm just used to not having anything on me when at home (clothes, bra's) so I'm feeling restricted in that aspect.
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The reason I asked about the drains is my doctor doesnt do drains either...I think there are advantages (less chance of infection) and disadvantages (retained fluid)...I had alot of fluid that personally I thought should have been drained....I cannot remember how long I had tape....I was supposed to let it come off on it's own...after 10 days I saw the doctor and most of the original tape was removed and replaced with fresh...this I let come off gradually. When you shower, the tape will eventually start to come off....just cut it off with scissors...it will itch like hell....at some point you can use some cream...I used a natural lotion with witch hazel and aloe vera plus vit e.....I also used Aveeno anti itch night time cream...I did not put this ON the stitches but on the skin around....hope this helps. p.s. a front-closure sprts bra (Walmart )will help support your breasts if you can do it....hope this helps.
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omg thanks so much for all of your insight.
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Walmart or Kmart. Target doesn't carry front closure bras
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I am from Canada and they used to carry them....not sure about now.
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Congatulations on taking this step.....the first 4 weeks will be uncomfortable for sure but you should start seeing improvements after that....be very careful when you get home not to lift, just take it easy if at all possible....dont go exercising for at least 6 weeks, and only if your doctor says it is OK....the least complications you have the better, and the better you take care of yourself, the faster you will heal....way to go!!!!
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Best of luck. Mine is 2 weeks from today and this sistah is getting impatient!!!
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Thanks. I know the feeling. Last weekend felt like the longest weekend ever.
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Best of luck to you. I know you will be so full of joy
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Congrats on your smaller Boob's. 17 more days for me. We are (were) about the same size. What did you go down to?
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I don't know yet. It's probably going to be a while before I know for sure.
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