I wish I had started this journey years ago instead of waiting until I was 42 there are a lot of things I would like to have done for instance getting married in a church in a wedding dress not in reg office in a trouser suit there was no way I would have had the confidence to walk down the aisle with everyone looking at me. Enjoying nights out with my husband instead of going into a panic about what to wear where to sit so I didn't have to walk too far to the toilet feeling like everyone would be commenting on your large breast bobbing up and down as you walked past then backing out and staying at home instead, actually going on holidays and wearing a swimsuit or bikini without wearing a tee shirt over it. just to get up in the morning and your whole day not been about your breasts what to wear what exercise you can do, maybe going to the shops seeing nice clothes and going home in tears when you have tried them on and you look ridiculous
Cant Come Soon Enough Last Breasts Are Literally a Pain in the Neck
large breasts are literally a pain in the neck
hi nothing to report from last time still waiting hospital still cannot give me an exact date so it is just a waiting game still loosing weight though and getting into shape
a good day
hi everyone good look to everybody having reductions over the coming weeks I still have no news on my date but I was delighted this morning as all my hard work is paying off I could fit into my size 8 jeans. Although I am losing weight my boobs have not reduced in size but I wont let it get me down looking forward to seeing all the after pics over the next few weeks
post surgery bras
has any body seen the website for holistic garments for after surgery I was wondering if they are any good the bras look very good full of support for after a reduction
I got a letter from the postman yesterday morning I was so excited as I knew it was from the hospital I opened it really slow saw a date in black writing 02/12/2013 so I read on it said due to the extensive waiting list for the plastic surgery department and due to people not turning up for scheduled appointments they needed people to confirm if they were still interested in their appointment to ring and confirm before 2nd May 2014. I could have cried looks like I will be waiting forever I am youngish fit and healthy I am ready to go tomorrow if they call it has been three years to get to this stage hurry up already.
sorry the date 02/12/2013 was the date the consultant put me on his waiting list
can anyone answer this
Hi do you notice that in one of my pictures my breast seem to actually start right behind my arm pit this is breast tissue not fat because with weight loss it never changes and when I lie down it falls to the side with my breast and there is nothing under my arm then will this go with the reduction or do I need lipo which I presume isn't covered on public
I saw an article in the sunday paper for botanics creams and washes they claim to be totally organic and a miracle cream for skin healing scars people have had to live with and other skin conditions they are antibiotic, antiseptic and are an antihistamine, has anybody else used these creams it is a uk website
I am sitting here everyday looking at and reading all the wonderful stories and results and have to say I am very jealous, I don't know how much longer I can wait for this to happen for me it is on my mind 24/7. I am working really hard at loosing weight but seem to have hit a slump so my brother who is a personal trainer has sent me a protein diet to follow, I have lost enough weight to need new smaller bottoms but not tops and that's what is upsetting I put on a new pair of skinny jeans yesterday then a top and when I looked in the mirror I could have cried the top half it is all you can see which drove me to give up and eat some left over easter egg. Sometimes when I am sitting down I think you don't look that big its when you go to put on clothes that I see the big lump stuck to my chest. I am dreading another summer like this. Anyway today is the last day for people to confirm with the hospital waiting list section that they are still interested in remaining on the waiting list for the plastic surgery department I got my letter two weeks ago and rang straight away so maybe I will get a date in the next few weeks. I really hope so as it is even keeping me awake a night wishing for the letter, well postman just through post in the letter box while I am typing this still nothing just another bill. Well rant over just needed to off load as I have this nervous and butterfly feeling in my stomach everyday waiting don't know how I will be when I actually do get a date.
weight loss i hope
these pictures are of me in the same clothes after loosing a few pound (I think) and the breast are still the same size and my shoulders are really badly hunched forward when I try to sit up straight and put my shoulders back the skin on my neck feels really tight and stretched. My back is really sore this week I am hoping that it is going to be relieved after the reduction and I don't just have a bad back. Exercising with these puppies is really hard so I am trying to loose weight by dieting (very hard) and weights, I have been buying in a few items so that I am ready I found a chemist selling half price bio oil today so bought a few bottles.
another letter written
I have just sent another letter to the hospital to see is there any update on a time for my surgery I know it will be the usual response they don't have any idea of a date yet I just have to wait until the surgeons office contacts me, but I sent it anyway, maybe I will be lucky this time my first consultation was the 28th of November 2013 so it is coming up to 10 months I was told it would be between a 6 and 9 month wait. I just need something to focus on as I have lost a bit of hope and have put a few pounds back on and have not exercised in a few weeks.
the hospital rang this morning they received my letter i am next on the list for the surgeon so they will give the letter i sent to him and hopefully he will at last schedule a date for me
news at last
I got a call from somebody on the surgeons team today I am looking at a date in October I will get another call next week with a firm date. I cannot believe it is going to happen at last I cannot wait don't know how I am going to sleep the next few weeks
can anybody tell me what are the best recovery bras to get they would have to be from europe as i cannot buy from america with custom charges
pulling my hairout
I never received the call I was waiting for this week, every day that passed and no call my heart sank I really thought that the wait was coming to an end and I would have my date, I am going to call them if I don't hear anything by the middle of next week
I bit the bullet and called the hospital having not heard back from them last week as promised, I am looking at the last Monday in October or the first Monday in November the surgeon has to attend a conference around then so an exact date is not confirmed yet they only do surgeries once a week on a Monday so at least that is a bit more clear and gives me some time to start getting what I need ready and the children will be on their midterm break then.
yes yes yes
I got my letter this morning the 3rd of November at 07.45 in the morning it doesn't say if I have to stay overnight just that I will need someone to drive me home and stay with me for the first 24 hours oh my god I wont be able to sleep between now and then I have never had an operation of any kind before.
hi hope everyone is doing great today I just wanted to ask something, I am going to have my period starting the very day of my surgery just typical will this make a difference in anyway
last pictures before surgery
i bought this vest in primark and thought i would take the last pictures before the op and then use the same top for the after shots give me a good idea of the difference, hopefully i can fit the new ones in my hand
I was just messaging another realselfer we where having our op on the same date 3rd november as i pressed send the phone rang, i recognised the number straight away i have been put back until the 1st of december I am very upset i burst into tears i am usually a take everything as it comes nothing bothers me but as soon as i put the phone down i just broke down i have worked so hard and had everything planned for next week i was cleaning the house and freezing meals my husband had booked a few days off work now i have to change everything.
I am nearly there, having my last Friday glass of wine before I have a clean week to get ready I cannot wait.
the phone just rang it was the hospital again thought it was bad news but no I have to go over to the hospital tomorrow to get my bloods done, never had a blood test before hope all is ok, roll on Monday, just hung up my Christmas decorations this morning feeling good
went for my bloods this morning oh my god it took ages I have never had a blood test before the initial needle was fine but nothing would come out so it took a lot of poking about which really hurt, so arm is all bruised so hopefully every thing is still ok for Monday.
hi everyone last post before I go for surgery, my stomach is doing summersaults I am not nervous as such just looking down at my chest while watching tv and cannot picture them being smaller than they are now, my husband is more nervous than I am, I have underwear a recovery bra I got from another real self member (nice pair) thank you very much, 2 pairs of pj's, slippers, going home clothes and toiletries is there anything else that I need to bring.
Sitting here waiting on the surgeon i am so excited hope they hurry good luck to every one else having surgery today see u on the other side
My doc is a genius i feel amazing and look tiny cant wait to see them uncovered will take pics then
Not that bad pain not taking any thing today just burning and stinging becareful not to use ur arms i moved this morning having a wash and the pain in the vertical incision nearly made me faint cant take pictures until i get home my phone is no good
hi all I am day 5 post surgery I am feeling great I haven't seen them or taken off the support bra I have to see the surgeon on Tuesday to change the dressings so far they are nice and clean just a bit itchy I cannot take the bra off it just feels so secure with it on so I am not taking any photos yet
I have taken a few pictures they are not very good and I still look big but trust me they are half the size, they have just started to display bruising this morning, I have to admit that some of the stains on the surgical bra are chocolate from a box of quality street my ribs are very sore and the extra sticky dressing has started to irritate and when I tried to ease it off a bit at the edges it took some skin with it very sore but some sudocreme helped all better now, still getting really tired but sleeping well.
new pics 10 days post op
it is hard to take good pictures they still look big but trust me they are half the size got the nipple stitches out on Tuesday the rest are dissolvable and covered in steri strips the scars are really small and neat I have no nipple sensation but around them is slightly sensitive I know if it is being touched but that's all really still fairly numb in spots, I can shower at the end of this week thank god I washed my hair in the sink which was an ordeal as I have long hair. excuse the marks on the mirror its paint splashes husband decorating for Christmas, my right boob is still fairly swollen under the armpit area the left is going down the right was always the bigger boob, the swelling seems to be going down more every day drinking coconut water with pear and fresh ginger is good for healing and inflammation, sore in the mornings after lying down then standing up other than that no pain have not taken any pain meds since hospital feel great, the belly needs some attention cant wait to get back exercising you realise know how big it is when you can actually look down and see it no boobs in the way, scales have gone down 3lbs since the surgery
god i have to go get something for the itch it wakes me u at night it is just from the steri strips along the edge so i took them off for a while everything looks closed up so i might take it off altogether if it continues to irritate me recovery is going really well so fingers crossed it continues that way have to keep the surgical bra on for another 6 weeks
today I took off some of the steri strip they were really itchy and a lot of them covering skin and not the wound so I put a single strip on each incision but this evening I have a little soreness up on the breast up over the incision and there is like a little crease after developing and it looks dark it is really stinging and hard any ideas, it looks like a black line but on inspection it is a little crease it wasn't there before
hi everyone I am still recovering really well I am 4 weeks post op now, the only problem is I have pain in my rib cage and now today there is a long swollen vein that is very sore it is just under the skin and blue, any one any ideas it goes from the top of my rib cage down the side of my stomach
I have updated my photos I am 5 weeks today I have a follow up tomorrow I need to ask him about a line that can be seen down the side of my stomach it feels like a string with knots on it I am not worried as it is not sore but it kind of appeared after some very painful ribs
sorry pressed update without the pictures
good follow up
had my 1 month follow up today all was well they are really pleased with their work but couldn't shine any light on the hard veins that keep popping up in my stomach, I get really sore in my rib cage then on of these veins appears a day or two later very strange all I can do is keep my eye on them
what do you think
I am happy with my recovery and experience of the surgery I healed really quick and had no problems I am back doing everything now I would urge anybody thinking about it to just do it, get really fit and healthy before and rest for 2 weeks solid after do absolutely nothing, however the only problem I have is they to me are still big for me he never went far out the sides the incisions are small I told him I didn't care about scarring but he left it so that you can still see them from behind and I can still rest my arms on them maybe having large breasts all my life has just put me off them full stop I don't want to lose any more weight and have them sagging and hanging again they will look just as big what do you think maybe I just need to accept they are a lot smaller and I have no more back pain or headaches maybe exercising will help I don't think there is any swelling left after 7 weeks
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