I have interviewed some great plastic surgeons and...
I have interviewed some great plastic surgeons and will be making my decision on Monday September 19, 2016 with an expected day of October 2016 surgery. All my life my breasts have been a source of depression for me. I have asymmetry with one breast being a cup size larger than the other. As a girl I had no breasts at all. With age and sag I have something but it is far from attractive. I've been very nervous while contemplating this for 10 years but I am calmer now. I want this and I will be getting it done!
Back and forth!
Well tomorrow will be the day I make my decision. I am committed to going forward but keep going over the risks and possible problems in my mind. It is not a comfortable time with all that brain work going on. I am committed to the 2 stage procedure as I think it is more conservative and likely to present a better outcome. That limits me to two surgeons. One has his own surgery center and uses IV sedation as opposed to general anesthesia. This doctor is also a closer trip. I will meet with him for the second time tomorrow. I know both will be consummate professionals so it will be hard closing in on the decision.
Bump in the road
Well, I went to the plastic surgeon and my blood pressure was high. It got so high 219/109 that I went to the ER. Lots of tests, on blood pressure meds. I think I am just too scared to move forward. I meet with a new PCP today. We will see what he says.
All is well!
Keeping cool and just trying to relax. Got surgical clearance after a blood pressure scare. Whew!!!!
Off we go!
Well, it has been quite the journey. My plastic surgeon's office discovered I had high blood pressure. That was contributing to me feeling like a nervous wreck. After walk in clinic, ER, and a new primary care, blood pressure is coming down with meds and I feel so much better! The BP was so high it felt like anxiety and I thought it may be coming from the thought of surgery, even though I wanted it very much. My GP gave surgical clearance and we are good to go on October 13, 2016. I chose Dr. Lazarus in Knoxville for he was very, very conservative, sweet and a good fit for my personality. I liked all the plastic surgeons very much but Dr. Lazarus was my man. The woman who does my permanent cosmetics said, "view a few and then trust your gut." Dr. Lazarus won out. I also opened up and shared it with a few close friends and that was enormously helpful. My husband of 27 years and I are not getting along. He's gotten older and more ornery and he agitates me no end. He's no help so that, too, adds to the anxiety. However, this is for me. It is a lot of money. I chose Dr. Lazarus also because he has his own private surgical suite, used IV anesthetic, is close to my home. He has been around for 30 years and has an impeccable reputation. He did plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt, one of our top hospitals here in Tennessee. I am settled and positive now. The nurse at the doctor's office, Marguerite, said turn the nerves to excitement and that is what I have done. She will be in the operating room while assisting while I am getting my surgery. She said I looked awesome for my age and will be thrilled with my result. Happy and Excited in Tennessee!!
I had written a full update and I see it did not print. Oh well. I am ready to go. I have had my pre-op and paid for the procedure. I get nervous at times, very nervous and then I just get busy. I worry about scars. I hope when I see them they don't freak me out! I try to stay EXCITED as opposed to nervous. I am due to be at the doctor's office 7:00 am on Thursday October 13th. Like all of us, I hope there are no complications. In the mirror, my asymmetry does not look nearly as bad as it does in this picture. I guess they coat the mirrors so we look great and buy the mirror! I'm actually amazed I have come this far. I'm such a fraidy cat!! A life time of feeling inadequate in the breast area motivates me to do this for me! One day at a time I am marching to the finish line! Hope everyone is doing well and healing as expected!!
3 days to go!
Surgery for breast lift Thursday 7:00 am in Knoxville Tennessee with Dr. Stephen Lazarus!
Tomorrow at 7:00 am
My breast lift is tomorrow morning. Keep me in your prayers. Thanks everyone!!
Over and done!
All taped up. IV anesthetic so no nausea. Went to sleep, woke right up. So far....only have taken tylenol. Pain about a 3. Feels like a sunburn. So glad it is done! Oh and thanks for the warning about "morning boob". Ooohhhh they were sore this morning but got up and walked around and much better. I am almost shocked I finally went through with it!!
2 days post op!
Well...I did it! I wanted it for 50 years and finally I have gone through with it!! My husband, who I was not getting along with, was very helpful and we are close again. I think all the angst in the house with my surgery and him about to turn 80 (he confessed this number is really bothering him!) made us fight and be at each other's throats. Very rare for us to be sure!!! Dr. Lazarus keeps you taped up and in a supportive vest for 4 days. I haven't seen anything yet but I think that is a good idea. Hopefully but the time I peak, It won't be a horrific sight!! I was pretty out of it the first two days but that is because I was on strong blood pressure meds. My doctor likes blood pressure low so nothing pulls on the healing scars and stitches. I know that my pain was minimal so those of you thinking of a 2 stage procedure, the lift is not bad at all. If it is more comfortable for you that way go for it. Lift with implants at the same time has to be painful!!! I only took tylenol and I was fine!!
All bandaged up.
Here I am post op with my vest on.
more pre-op before pictures.
this crookedness bothered me my whole life. It made me feel less than. When my various husbands and ex's looked at porn I always thought it was because my breasts were so unattractive. I am so glad I walked through my fear and had this breast lift.
bandages off and got my bra!
I was trembling when the bandages came off! All that money. Surgery related blood pressures at stroke level (today was 189/110). Dr. Lazarus almost had a heart attack when he saw that number. I looked in the mirror and saw two perfectly shaped little mounds with cherry blossom nipples right in the center. Black and blue, all stitched up but a beautiful sight to behold! I have to get in shower now and of course I'm scared. My husband is squeamish so he can't see them until I heal to take pictures but here is one of me in my bra! So happy. Blood pressure down to 139/86. Need to rest and unwind. Husband fixing dinner (ha!!!!). He's very conservative but I think these new girls are starting to interest him!!
One week post op yesterday. Most of the stitches are out. My doctor and I both said "Perfect" at the same time. The shape is incredible as one of my breasts was far off to the right. I had doctors tell me, "well, I'll do what I can with the asymmetry...." No you won't because the asymmetry is what I want fixed. Dr. Lazarus looked right at me and I could tell that he knew, he could do this and make me happy!!!