5'3 125lbs 21 YO 32DDD No Children Breast Reduction 11/30/16 - Bellevue, WA
Well, my reduction is tomorrow. I have waited...
Anyways, my point of posting was to update and let everyone know that the final tissue removed was 610 grams from the left breast and 500 grams from the right breast. Yay! They still seem a little bigger than I want right now, but of course they are very swollen.
Dr. Minn, Dr. Kim, and Lola where all so amazing this morning! Now time to rest and the journey of healing begins!
I already love them!
I pull some additional steri/butterfly strips because the original ones were rolling off and getting fuzz from my sweatshirt.
Does anyone has experience with silicone sheets?
I am mentally having a hard time coming to terms with all the water and real weight my body is putting on. It'll be several weeks before I can start exercising and dieting.
Showered and removed steri-strips
I'm disappointed with the size and how uneven my nipple placement is.
Three Week Update
I started driving again on day 10 or 11. I went back to work on day 12 post surgery because I have a desk job. My company was very supportive so it made the transition back into work as easy on me as possible. They even sent a bouquet that was delivered the day I got home from surgery with a get well note and a size B bra wrapped around the vase. I was extremely fortunate to have their care and support.
I have slept in a recliner every night aside from day 12-14. I slept in bed with support from pillows thinking it was okay. However I would slouch down during the night and end up sleeping flat. This caused additional swelling and pain to come back so I went back to the recliner and have slept there since. I might try sleeping in bed in a couple days (just passed the 4 weeks mark). I am a belly/side sleeper, so it's been hard!
I normally stick to a keto-diet (high fat, moderate protein, extremely low carb) and have been eating carbs since a couple weeks before surgery. I'm not sure if it's been beneficial or not, but that's what the doctor recommended ("balanced diet"). Starting this week I'm going back to keto intake and maybe next week light walking on the track/treadmill. We will see how my body responds. I think it can be nothing be beneficial as long as I'm listening to my body. I have my follow up Jan.12th and I'm hoping I'll be cleared to start do cardio/aerobic activity. One month of sedentariness and carbs, especially over the holidays, has definitely put on the pounds. The weight gain has definitely made it hard to measure my satisfaction in size, so I'm still holding my breath on that one. Honestly I've come to realize anything is better than a DDD though! As I've said before, my opinion changes daily; I'm a girl, what can I say?
For swelling I have been icing my breast for 20-30 mins at night after work and take ibuprofen if it's really bad. I started that about the middle of week two. Other than that I have pretty much left them alone to heal. Oh, some days I wear a bra and some days I don't wear one at all. Last night I slept in an old push up bra because I feel like my breast slide around my rib cage and towards my armpits. My rib cage is smaller and angles outward, so (I think) the push up bra brings them inward during healing. Maybe it'll help the final result of where they settle. Strange thing; my left nipple gets hard often with it being freezing out and icing them. My right nipple barely even perks up. It's kind of funny, but I'm hopefully the right one just need more time to heal. Has anyone else experienced that?
Please excuse my obnoxious bath robe, it's my cozy winter one.
Recap of the last couple weeks
A little before and after
My doctor is George Min at Newvue Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, WA. I have Cigna insurance and was approved for full coverage plus any deductibles/co-pays. All of my deductibles and co-pays have been met for this year, so I will receive absolute full coverage. My insurance requires 310 grams be removed from each breast. Minn estimates that is nearly half of my breast tissue. I am expecting more than half will need to be removed to meet my desires.