I'm done! Three weeks post op

Like all others who are considering a BR, I am...

Like all others who are considering a BR, I am quite nervous. I have considered the procedure for some time now, as a matter of fact this was my second consultation.. The first procedure was not approved by insurance, I just continued to endure the pain. I was approved at the beginning of this month and am ready to go!

Well, tomorrow is Friday. Hoping to stay busy at...

Well, tomorrow is Friday. Hoping to stay busy at work all day to keep my mind occupied. The weekend will be hard, cause I've done everything I can think of to do. So now it is the waiting game! I did my anesthesia pre-op today. Just waiting for the nurse to call to tell me what I need to be at the surgery unit on Monday. Because Monday morning will be here before I know it. My oldest daughter, who had her BR done 8 years ago, says the only thing she can remember is the pain. How sweet! I think my tolerance for pain will keep me encouraged.

Well I had my preop done yesterday, so I am all...

Well I had my preop done yesterday, so I am all ready to go Monday morning. Kind of upset the I have to wait till 09:30 to go to the procedure. For one, I am up at 05:00 each day without an alarm, so that's 4 more added hours of stress and anxiety! That also means that I can't eat! LOL. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me! I guess if that is all I am worrying about, the procedure will be a breeze. I think I am finally getting enough nerve to post my pre pics, as I have enjoyed the other post before and after pics. The encouraging words are my motivation and helps a lot with my anxiety.

Well today has been pretty rough. Not being to...

Well today has been pretty rough. Not being to taking Ibuprofen for the last 2 weeks, my right shoulder is killing me today. I have been busy this weekend, trying to keep my mind occupied. Comedy show Friday nite, concert last nite.Today I had to cancel the movie date, due to the shoulder pain. I will finish my house work tonight, so that when I return home, I can just "jump", into the bed! I think all my questions have been answered just from reading the many post from you guys! Thanks for sharing!

Well made it to the hospital at 0900 for my 0930...

Well made it to the hospital at 0900 for my 0930 appointment. I was told by the greeting committee the doctor had to cancel my case. He needs to go out of state and didn't want to rush my surgery. What a bummer, I don't think they know how mental exhausting it is to prepare for a life changing surgery as this, but I am completely devastated. Preparing my co workers, Bf, and family was hard enough. So now I have to wait for them to call me back.. Not even sure if that will be next week. month, whenever. I am very angry and emotional at this time. Don't know if i want to wait, seek another opinion, or cancel all together. I am so bummed out.

Well, I have finished having my temper tantrum and...

Well, I have finished having my temper tantrum and accepted not having the surgery as scheduled. I called my PS today for him to clarify the reason for cancellation. He had an emergency out of state. He stated he could have done the surgery yesterday, but wanted to be there for me the days after surgery. How sweet! So yes I forgave him. Selfish of me to only think of myself! So we will talk about a new surgery date once he returns next week. I know that it will be after Thanksgiving, and I think I can wait until then. Thanks for all the support, as I was 10 minutes away from a basket case.

Well myPS should be back in Texas this Wednesday....

Well myPS should be back in Texas this Wednesday. I hope he calls me soon afterwards. He did email me once to tell me that he will be getting in touch with me soon to reschedule my date.. He can not have any more emergencies on my clock! Just kidding. I know that things happen, but I was oh so ready. I have to rethink my recovery phase, as my Bf will be starting a new job next and he was to be my care taker. He has been rather supportive once he realized he will not have to be my personal massage therapist anymore. He has gotten pretty god with the back rubs! Glad to see those who have had the BR are doing fair to great.

Okay, today is Wednesday, and my PS should be...

Okay, today is Wednesday, and my PS should be calling any minute now. So what if it is only 6 am, I had the weirdest dream last nite that he only removed 50 gms from each boob!!!! Why bother! I guess it is my time to start to worrying again. I think I am more prepared this time, since i have been through this before. Again, thanks everyone for their support, as I don't think I could do it without the support of someone who has gone through or about to go through this life changing procedure. Thanks you all for being my Boob's BFF's,

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!. I am starting to...

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!. I am starting to get the jitters again. Didn't sleep well last night. I read everyones update and happy for the ones who are in the recovery phase, and anxious with the ones who are still in the pre op phase. My day, which is Monday, November 26th, is right around the corner. I had to go through the pre op questions again yesterday, and the staff was real nice and considerate, as they all heard about my first appointment, being cancelled 30 minutes after i arrived to the hospital. Still having the thoughts should i go through with or not, after looking at some of the before pics, I don't feel like my girls are so big after all, but my back says otherwise. I am currently a 38DDD or F, 4 feet 11 1/2 and 148 lb. I would like to be a C cup when all is said and done. I have always joked that my training bra size was a 36C, because that is the only size I remember wearing!

Just called the OR to make sure i am on the...

Just called the OR to make sure i am on the scheule, I think the nerves are getting the best of me now, I have been cleaning all day. Because cant nobody clean like I clean! I dont plan on being a pig during my recovery, but I dont want to depend on no one to come and clean up after me, I have pleanty of light lunches made and ready to mircowave, unless someone wants to bring me a hot meal,,,hint,,,, Cleaned out my old big boobie bra's. I guess, i cant donate them to charity, but I wont throw them out until after my return. Cant think of much else to do tonite, so I will try to get a good nite sleep, and check on your guys around this time tomorrow with an update on my surgery!, I am so excited, scared and nervous all at the same time. Wish me luck!

Kudos to the ladies who had the strength to post...

Kudos to the ladies who had the strength to post the same day of surgery!!! I was out of it by the time i arrived home. I arrived at the hospital at 0930 as scheduled, and waited and waited, and waited.... The nurses did their paperwork and the PS came by at 1100 for the markings. By this time, my large intestine had already devoured my small intestine. I was starving by this time.
I finally went into the OR at 12 noon, woke up at 4pm with one of my favorite Recovery room male nurse. The first thing I asked him was "Dan, did you look at my Boobies?". He laughed and told me that I was wrapped up, and he could not see a thing.
I had to stay in the RR until 7PM due to complications with my saturation. Normal is 94 and I keep dropping down to 88. They wanted to keep me overnight because of it, so I threw another temper tantrum. (Damn men in my life spoiled me, dad ex, brothers and current BF).
They let me come home after I promise i would call if i had difficulty breathing. I guess you can see that everything worked out fine.
Well i am wrapped up with an ace wrap, that I can take down tomorrow evening. I can definitely see, a difference, as I have on medium button down PJ's and there is no gap between the buttons! But, the right boob is sore. Feels like I was one week post child birth! other than that the pain is bearable. Once I feel like posting pics, I will thand.

Thanks everyone for your support

Ok, I just posted new pics and they are all upside...

Ok, I just posted new pics and they are all upside down! Can't figure out on how to flip them around, so I guess y'all gonna have to flip you computers upside down to see them. Sorry about that.
Well I went for my first post op visit today. I had some drainage as noted on one the pics, and was told that was normal. I had no drains or stitches. I am just held together with super glue! I am very pleased with the results, even though yesterday, I went through a crazy phase saying that I don't have no boobs! I look like a boy! Poor me! Well I am officially over that now. I can see a difference in my posture already. Not sure about the back pain yet, cause i am on medication for the boob pain. Can't wait to go pretty bra shopping. I was told that I am a small D and may be a full C when all the swelling is completed. As I said in a previous post, this is where I started, my training bra was a 36 C! Now I have to work hard on my abs so that I can have that 6 pack by spring break!

PERKY BREAST!! I need instructions on how to take...

PERKY BREAST!! I need instructions on how to take of care perky breast! I have always had to take care of this in the past and place my "girls", where I needed them to be. Now I find myself, trying to lift them, but they are already standing at attention!

Yesterday was a week since my surgical procedure, and it probably was the 1st day that I was truly happy with the results of my surgery. I actually felt comfortable in my clothing, ESP those button down shirts that I always wore with a cami. (I guess they call it a cami, cause I was camouflaging the fact that I couldn't button the shirts up!). My emotional side has finally adjusted to the new me. This site has a lot to do with that! Thanks Realself for saving me in counseling fees!

My BF and I, spent the day Christmas shopping, and I noticed that every male that I held a conversation with, actually looked me in the eyes, instead of the boobs. While out shopping, I purchased 2 more front snap bras for under 8 bucks. I have spent 40 bucks on 5 comfortable bras since surgery. This is the price I paid for 1 semi comfortable bra before.

My healing process is okay. I am no longer taking the Norco for pain, instead Ibuprofen, cause these sisters are still swollen. The incision site is still sensitive. I have been placing gauze at that site for comfort, as it seems the edges of the bras settles there.
Nipple sensation can be felt in both breast. I am happy about that. Still not ready to rate my back pain yet. I know I feel something, not sure how to describe at this time. Headaches. All gone. This may also be due to the fact that I am not at work! Once I figure out how to post pics right side up, I will do so.

Well, today is week 2 Postop for me.I thought I...

Well, today is week 2 Postop for me.I thought I was healing right along,until last night, I noticed drainage and a slight odor. Not good. Still had some drainage this morning, but no odor. I have a call in to the PS for advise, as my next follow up appointment is not until Thursday. I applied a dressing to the site in the mean time. I do know that any bra I wear seems to hit the incision site, and this could be a part of the problem. I noticed that the steri strip is missing from the area where the drainage is. I am not going to worry at this point.I will try to post the pic later today.Otherwise everything else is okay. The pain is tolerable, nipples still feel like they are on fire! And yes I keep wanting to lift these sisters up!!! I have been more active around the house. I even cooked a meal yesterday. So, as I continue to heal, I will keep you posted. Happy healing to all posties, and good luck to all newbies!

Sorry I didn't update after my follow up...

Sorry I didn't update after my follow up appointment. The drainage under the left breast is right at the "T" . ( new pic posted). That is the most common place to open according to my PS. He said it is not looking to bad, but put me on antibiotics to be on the safe side. The nurse gave me a tip on how to protect the site from my bra's, which keep finding my incision. I place a piece of kerlix right under the breast, and the bra edges under that to prevent the bra from riding up and touching the incision. It has been working well this past week. I have not had any problems with the right boob. I even fell asleep on my right side, and had no problems. Cant wait to slep on my stomach! I also went shopping and purchased two more bras (larger), to see if that will be more comfy. Please hurry and heal, boobs! The pain at the incision site is my biggest complaint, besides the extreme nipple sensation! Well, I follow up with my PS on Tuesday, hopefully he will remove the tape dressing, and I can start applying cream's , lotions, or whatever I need to make me feel better. Hope everyone is having a good weekend, healing well and enjoying the new boobs!

This is post op week three for me. My left boob is...

This is post op week three for me. My left boob is still having redness and bloody drainage. My follow up appointment with my PS was ok. He informed me to keep the area clean and dry. I will continue to use the antibiotic ointment and watch the area until completely healed. There continues to pain at the left incision site. I am now stuffing a towel in my bra to protect my incision site. Who would have thought that after a reduction, I would be stuffing my bra!
I was also given instructions to massage the nipples, so that the brain can retrain them. The are so sensitive, even the blowing wind hurts! I will post new pics today of the three week old girls.

2 year update

Well it has almost been two years since my surgical procedure. I have not posted for quite a awhile because of my post op scarring and I didn't want to discourage anyone from considering the surgery. I am still dealing with post op discomfort with the keloids that that developed. I have seen my PS every 3-4 months for steroid injections for such. I don't see much improvement, but he seems to think it is looking better.
I don't regret having the surgery, as my back pain is no longer there. But the "front" pain has taken its place is just as bad. I have body image disturbance and am not happy at all with the scarring of my breast. My BF and that time of the reduction, became my fiancé. When shopping for a wedding dress, the salesperson told me that she has seen lost of women who have had breast surgery, said that my breast were the worst she has every seen. Can you image how I felt at what should have been one of the happiest days of my life?
But to all of you that are still considering, please don't let my bad experience discourage you. As I said before , the reason that I needed the surgery was related to the back pain and that is no longer a problem!
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