Surgery Scheduled for May 16th 2012 - Vineland, NJ

I'm 47 years old and have always been big...

I'm 47 years old and have always been big busted. No lie...I woke up one day and there they were. I never needed a training bra, I went straight to a C-cup. Before I graduated high school I was in a DD. I always had back, shoulder and neck pain and migraines. I was always aware of the way people looked at me. Sports...forget it! Oh sure I would have liked to play volleyball but I didn't. Jogging was out of the question. You get the idea. So now here I am. I've been visiting this website on occasion because my husband and I have discussed the surgery. I've been talking about it for a few years. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years ago and I suffer with pain every day. I'm on medication but I refuse to up my dose because it's a narcotic. So I began my research which brought me to "you". This is one of the best websites that I have found on this topic. I'm so glad that women are willing to share their story with others. It's what helped me to make up my mind. Not to mention the fact that my boobs starting growing again. Apparently this is normal when some women reach a certain age. In the past two years I went from a 40DD to an 36H. After surgery I will be a 38 or 36D. It's still pretty large but I'm sure I will feel some relief. My surgery is scheduled for Wed., May 16th. I'm not nervous yet but I'm sure I will be. I have a busy schedule which will help to occupy my mind. Not to mention I'm concentrating more on losing weight than anything. I want to lose 10 more pounds before surgery. When I'm able I will hopefully continue to lose. I'm not extremely over weight but I just feel I need to do this. So far I've lost 10 pounds. I will be posting pics after surgery. You should have seen my husbands face when I told him that...lol He is so supportive!!

Well my surgery is in five days. When I have time...

Well my surgery is in five days. When I have time to think about it I wonder if its the right thing to do. Deep down inside I know it is. I don't like the idea of being in pain but I just keep telling myself it is a temporary pain as compared to the daily pain I live with. Plus God will see me through it. He saw my husband through a quadruple bypass...He will see me through this. My family is very supportive which helps. There are a few women in my life that would like to be able to have the surgery but their insurance won't cover it. I have two sisters that would like to have the surgeon give them what he takes from me...lol Seriously though, I can't wait to be able to shop for bras that don't cost a small fortune!! SEXY BRAS!!!! I'm not sure if I will be posting pics, my husband doesn't like that idea. I showed him the website and although he is telling me I can do it if I want to I know he is uncomfortable with it. I'll take the pics and see what he says.

I just got the call, my surgery is tomorrow, May...

I just got the call, my surgery is tomorrow, May 16th at 6:45am. I've been thinking about it all day. I keep asking God if I'm doing the right thing. It is going to forever change the way I look. I'm overweight but my breast help hide it. Without them I will definately look overweight!! My hubby, bless his heart, says that I have to remember I'm doing this to end my pain or at least minimize it. He is so wonderful. We both know that I will be able to work harder at taking off the weight after I heal. Right now I can't do arobics or zumba because it hurts. But once I heal I intend on doing it all!!

Well I had my surgery yesterday. Surprisingly I...

Well I had my surgery yesterday. Surprisingly I wasn't to nervous. I arrived at the surgi-center at 6:30am and was home by 12:30pm. Spent most of the day sleeping. The main problem I had was that my drains were leaking all over me!! Last night I slept in the recliner which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm not in an extreme amount of pain but there is a lot of discomfort so I'm taking my pain meds. I can actually tell when it's time to take them.

Day 4 after surgery. Didn't sleep very good last...

Day 4 after surgery. Didn't sleep very good last night. Still afraid to sleep in bed so I slept on the couch using a wedge pillow. Managed to get about four hours sleep (that's with Percocet). I did sleep a lot during the day yesterday though. So today I decided to do the opposite and stay awake all day today. Got a shower this morning and washed my hair. I tried putting on a regular sports bra and boy was that a mistake. I only bought two post-surgical bras and I wish I had bought a few more. The one bra I love the most is "Annette Seamless Breast Surgery Bra w/SeaKelp Micronutrients. It was expensive but worth every penny. I wish I had bought two or three of them. When I bought it I didn't think about things like blooding and such. Unless you want to wash your bras everyday you should really buy more then one. I got this one at makemeheal.com.

WOW!! I feel great!!! My drains stayed in for a...

WOW!! I feel great!!! My drains stayed in for a week and it was unbearable. As soon as they were removed I felt 95% better. To tell you the trueth I was more nervous about having the drains removed then I was the surgery. My husband had open heart surgery in October and I was with him when his drains were removed and I saw how much it hurt. So I thought I would have the same experience but I was wrong. It didn't hurt at all. I only felt a tug as they were pulled out. It was such a relief!! Next step....remove the steri-strips!! This was no easy task but with plenty of Dove soap and a hot shower (which was cold before I finished) I got the job done. At first everything seemed to come off with no problems but I ended up with a large scab on my left breast around the nipple. It didn't hurt or look infected so I let it go. When I went back to my doctor a few weeks later he told me to use Neosporin on it. The scab is getting smaller and doesn't seem to be scarring. I refuse to buy any more bras until I'm healed enough that they won't be all stained up. I go back to my ps in 3 weeks and I hope he tells me I cam wear a regular bra. Currently I am allowed to walk and do light exercising (no arobics) and I can go boating!! YAY!! I just can't go swimming yet.

For anyone trying to decide whether or not to have the surgery...all I can say is...I DON'T REGRET IT AT ALL!!! It is wonderful to go through the day with no back pain. To be able to sit straight and tall...no slouching. NO PAIN!! I look at myself in the mirror and I am amazed at how good I look. Sure I still have a little weight to lose but other then that my boobs look AMAZING!! If your health insurance pays for the surgery (or if you can afford it on your own) it is so worth it! Just remember everyone is different and everyone will have a different experience. After reading several posts I bought ice packs, steri-strips and paper tape, which I did not need. The one most important advice I followed was buying a post-surgical bra...I just wish I bought more than one.When I ordered it I didn't stop to think that I would be changing my bra everyday because of leakage. They are expensive but so worth it, much more comfortable then a regular sports bra.

2 Year Surgi-versary

It's hard to believe it has been two years since my surgery. My breast still look amazing!! For a while every time I saw a large breasted woman I would have to ask her what size bra she wore. You should have seen some of the looks I got until I explained why I wanted to know. I would share my story and how it changed my life. Some people find it hard to believe that my breasts were larger then they are now....D cup. Others that saw me before surgery can't get over the difference. I have had one or two negative responses but it doesn't matter because they are male chauvinist pigs who think that women are sex objects. Sorry, I won't go there....I'm just so happy to have the kind of husband that loves me for who I am!! If you are thinking of having a breast reduction let me just say this, it was the best decision I have ever made. I am comfortable in my body now.
Vineland Plastic Surgeon

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