36DD/DDD to Hopefully 36B - Chicago, IL

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I'm going to make this short- I've had large...

I'm going to make this short- I've had large breasts since 7th grade and have always had bad posture, back and neck pain, and low self esteem because of them. I'm 5'4 and 140 lbs. After years of people telling me , "why would you want to get rid of what so many others are dying to have?" I've had enough. I tried to go through insurance and they denied me. I don't even want to waste the time of going through an appeal because i want this done NOW! I'm going in for my physical/blood tests on Thursday and will hopefully get my mammogram by next week. Surgery is Scheduled for Monday the 14th of October and I couldn't be happier.

Pre-op photos 36dd/34ddd

Pre-op photos- hoping to be reduced to a B. My ps is going to do the lollipop procedure so there is no scar along the underside of my breast; just around the nipple and straight down

5 Days till Surgery!

Mammogram and blood tests came back fine and I just pre-paid for the anesthesia! I'm so excited. I keep having dreams of me with small boobies and then I wake up and these monstrosities are still on my chest! I don't think these days can go by any slower! I only took a week off of work, i hope that is enough. I'm really worried that I will be in a lot of pain.

Surgery in 15 hours!

I just got my prescriptions. My doctor gave me Valium, some antibiotics to take for 3 days, Tramadol for pain, and Emend for nausea. I have also been taking vitamin C and Metamucil. I am so excited!! Has anyone else used these meds for pain nausea or pain?

I'm at the hospital!

I think they forgot about me - I'm supposed to be going under in about 30 minutes!

Made it!

The worst part about the surgery was waking up and feeling the worst nausea I have ever felt- I had to stay at the hospital for 6 hours after I woke up because anytime I lifter my head I thought I was going to puke.

My left and right sides burn from the Lipo that she did. My doctor is driving to my house in a little to change all the bandages.

She took a pound out of each breast and said she made me a b! I am hesitant to see but super excited.

It was really difficult to sleep last night I woke up every hour to adjust and go to the bathroom. Ill post more after doc changes my dressings. Thank you all for your support. I don't think I would have gone through with this if it weren't for all of you on real self.


docs drawings pre op

First after pictures

These aren't great pics and they make my rib cage look huge but she got me down to a B! This is still day 2. Nausea has subsided and other than that, not a lot of pain at all. Just feels sore, like after doing push-ups or something along those lines. I'll be able to take better pictures tomorrow!

Can't sleep

I had my surgery Monday morning, now it's 1:20am on Thursday- this has been the worst pain so far- super sore. I took 2 Tylenol extra strength but I don't know if it's working- :(

I meant Tuesday, not Thursday

In above post

Kinda Concerned...

So, i love my new boobies but I'm kind of discouraged because i see these little "fat" pouches underneath both breasts. Has anyone experienced this before? I hope they go away. Also, my right one seems a little bigger than the left, i hope this balances out also. I can't believe how little pain i'm in. Honestly, I can say i'm in NO pain at all. I got Home from the hospital on Monday evening and now it's Thursday morning and i was able to shower, wash my hair and then was able comb it too! I don't want to get a head of myself here, so I should probably go rest, but I'm worried because I haven't gone to the bathroom since Sunday. Any one know of any home remedies that have worked? I don't want to drive to the store yet.

Pictures 3 days after

These pictures correlate to my last review above- see left looks bigger than right and the fat pockets underneath


Has anyone used ice packs to reduce swelling on the sides?


I pooed!!! It hurt, but I pooed!

Fat pockets

Thanks for all of your responses. My ps is going out of town so my first follow up will be next Saturday. (She did come to my house the day after surgery to change my dressings, bring me a new bra and help me shower). We face timed yesterday and she said the fat pockets are just liquid and that if they are still next Saturday she will drain them.
I really appreciate all of you responding to my posts. This is truly a wonderful community

Day 6

My surgical bra seems very loose and the sports bra is tight- I feel like I need it to be tight otherwise they feel super sore. Does anyone know how tight the bra should be?

Soreness in morning

I am so sore and stiff when I wake up in the morning. It's the most uncomfortable/painful part of the day. I'm still sleeping on my back. I am supposed to go back to work tomorrow so I hope this one last day of rest will help.

Genie bra

Just went to cvs and bought the as seen on tv "genie bra" you get 2 for 20 dollars. You can step into them and pull them up so you don't have to lift your arms. It is offering the perfect amount of support so I'm not feeling any pain from the sports bra being too tight and the surgical bra being too loose. I really recommend this to everyone having a problem finding a comfortable bra after surgery. It is even offering some kind of compression on the sides where my Lipo was so it doesn't feel as sore- it's almost like as soon as I put it in it was instant relief and pain subsided. Who knows...maybe I'm speaking too soon since I've only had it on for an hour :) off to sleep I go since I have to go to work tomorrow. I hope this helps people find a bra after surgery. Ginge- thanks for always replying- this almost feels like a tight cami- I also bought the genie cami that has the bra built in- I think I'll wear this to work tomorrow

Day 2 back at work

My first day back was yesterday and I was miserable. I just felt like crying for no reason and I was really emotional. Not sure what is wrong with me, maybe it's all the meds leaving my system. Today is much better already though. I slept really well and other than feeling like I was hit with a bat on both sides from the lipo, emotionally, I'm much better. Let's see how long this lasts... Happy Tuesday!

Day 3 back at work

I have a desk job so it doesn't require a lot of physical activity but I'm SO SORE on the sides from the lipo. I've tried icing, etc. but i literally feel like my sides are bulging out of my genie bra because it's so bruised and swollen. Any suggestions as to getting the swelling down? I was able to zip up a 34 sports bra on Sunday but today when i tried to put it on i couldn't even get it to close, i had about 3 to 4 inches left! do you think something is wrong? Shouldn't the swelling go down? I emailed my PS because i have my first post op appt with her on Saturday to see if there is anything I should be doing. I hope nothing is wrong. Has any one else experienced this?

Almost 2 weeks post!

Soreness from Lipo has gone down on the sides. I had my first post op appointment yesteray and she said I was healing well and fast! She took the strips off around my nipples- it didn't hurt but now I'm afraid they are going to open!

Scar creams

Can anybody give me some suggestions on what scar stuff to use? Should i get the silicon strips or just put mederma on?

"Zingers" and other stuff

So I thought I was having zingers before, but just in the past couple days (2 days after my PS took off the strips on my areolas), I'm been getting these crazy instances of pain where it almost feels like the stitch is being yanked on. Is this what the zinger is?

My sides are a lot less swollen (Thank you, Arnica!) I also went out and bought some Mederma. I also bought these strips that my doc suggested. They seemed SO expensive- has anyone used these? http://www.newgelplus.com/

I am slowly being able to sleep on my side, but it still feels a little painful. My PS gave me the okay to do lower body exercises (walking, low intensity elliptical (no arms)). I have been so exhausted lately and wake up a lot during the night. I can't wait to be able to sleep on my stomach again.

I figured out how to sleep on your stomach!!

I tried this last night and it worked! I took a second pillow and stuck it under my stomach, so when i laid down, my boobs were in between the pillow for my head and the one for my stomach so i wasn't squishing them. Brilliant!!

Happy Halloween!

Still sore on sides from Lipo- I can't wait to get this tape off- I feel like I'm the only one who's had on this long? Almost 3 weeks post. Right one still seems a little bigger and a little lower (slightly). But this is the one that I want to shrink- now I'm afraid it's going to shrink and sag more :/ regardless, they feel 100% better than before and it's not like I'm strutting around naked for everyone to see. I get tape off Saturday morning. I still have some slight bruising on the left one. Sorry for the awkward angle. I'm using the arnica and mederma once a day after I shower. I have not experienced any itching yet. Hope all of you and your boobies are doing well!


Still a little swollen on side but woo hoo!! It was all worth it for this

Oops forgot photo


Hey ladies... tomorrow will be 4 weeks since my surgery. I like the shape of them and their over all look, but I went and tried some bras on and i'm kind of confused. I am fitting into a 36B bra, but i feel super large every where else (possibly because ive gained weight since surgery). Regardless, I bought 2 bras today, size 36 B and then came home to try on my old bras because I was going to give them away. They are all size 36DD... 1/2 of them still fit?? How can that be? Also, does anyone have any good dieting advice other than stop eating crap and get off my butt?

The pictures i'm posting in my next post (can't do it here because they are on my phone) show that my scars around areola are becoming red, not sure why, should I be concerned? Also, I'm kind of grossed out by the stretch marks that are under the breast. I never noticed before because i could never see them before, but now the skin is all wrinkly. Is there any way to get rid of this?

Pics go with above review

Circles around areolas are from the NewGel scar patches. Excuse my under arm hair! Gross, sorry!

It's been a while!

I am almost 3 months post and I wish they were smaller but I'm still happy I did it and I would t go back! My right side still has a little extra skin and it won't go away. My scarring is very light and gets better every day. Has anyone else has problems with this extra skin or skin not "flattening"? I'm fitting into 36c bras so that is exciting- some D's still fit but at least I feel more comfortable in my own skin!


Has anyone experienced soreness around the scarring? I have been experiencing some soreness on my right side under the breast at the crease where my scar ends. I don't feel anything unless i touch it (I know... than don't touch it) but I don't think it's normal? I'm wondering if it may be scar tissue?

1 year anniversary!!

A year ago today, I had my breast reduction surgery. I could not be happier. I wish they were a little smaller but they look 100% better and I feel 100% better! I have had no complications. Every once in a while I still feel like I get zingers but they go away. Also, I have feeling in my nipples but different than before- hard to explain. If you are thinking about this surgery- don't think twice- this was the best decision I made EVER.
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Mussat was able to take my vision of what I wanted and make it a reality. The other PS that i got consults from told me they couldn't make me as small as I wanted and she said we can do whatever I wanted! She explained the whole process to me and answered my many repetitive questions. She preformed the "lollipop" procedure on me, which most doctors are not doing these days. This way, I wouldn't have the scar under my breast. The day after surgery she came to my house to change my dressings so I wouldn't have to travel to her office. That was really nice. She is also very responsive with emails, phone calls and texts. Whenever I had a question, she was there, even when she went out of town. She really made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process and I would definitely recommend her. If I decide to have any procedures done in the future, I would only go to her. Thanks for a great experience, Dr. Mussat!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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