30 y/o, 5'6, 130 lbs tuberous breast correction
Initially I did not plan to share my experience...
Excuse my typos!
PO day 3
I hate narcotic pain meds
Additionally, I had a severe migraine headache with aura (haven't had one of those in over 2 years) so it was an all around crappy feeling.
Since then, it's gotten better and better everyday. Still crazy constipated from the opioids, even taking them as infrequently as I am. I don't really have an appetite so I'm drinking the low sugar version of ensure and of course, mom's chicken noodle soup when I feel more hungry.
A travel neck pillow has been my life saver. I sleep at a 45 degree angle (I didn't buy the wedge but wish I did) using several pillows to create that angle and then the neck pillow allows a place to rest your head when you nod off.
Overall, recovery has been smooth sailing. It's not pain free but that wasn't my expectation and now on post op day 4, narcotic pain meds are long by the wayside and Tylenol does the trick.
Looking forward to getting these drains pulled. The insertion site is probably the most tender area.
My boobs look boss, jus' sayin'
I've gained 10 lbs since finishing grad school so I'm excited to get back in shape and get my energy levels back up.
My breasts look freakin' ah-mazing. Never in my life did I think they could look like this after being so deformed for 30 years.
I am SO glad I didn't commit to any of the plastic surgeons I've met with over the last 10 years. In my gut, I knew there had to be a better option than a standard breast augmentation. And also, having plastic surgeons tell me that the outcome would be variable, unsure if they'd drop into the lower pole and the possibility of the "double bubble".
Ladies, do NOT accept that! I know it's tempting. It's more affordable and you think that anything is better than tuberous breasts but that is so not true. A regular BA with tuberous breasts can produce a far worse result than the initial deformity.
Take your time, find the right surgeon, save your pennies for however long it takes and spend your money on the right person the first time.
3 weeks since surgery
They get better everyday
I chose Dr. Kolker because of his natural appearing results, attention to detail and crazy phenomenal training. Have you seen how many fellowships this doc has done?? I mean, wow. When I was in physician assistant school, I rotated through plastics for about 3 weeks and worked with some amazing doctors. But none of the results blew me away like Dr. Kolker's. The most critical part of my decision was finding a doctor who can confidently correct tuberous breast deformity and mask the pectus excavatum (depressed area of the sternum) that was visible on the right side. I consulted with several plastic surgeons since 2005 and never found one who had examples of tuberous breast correction. In fact, I was warned by one surgeon that I would likely have a "double bubble" which is essentially having a tuberous breast sitting atop an implant. No thanks. Aside from correction of the deformity, I wanted a natural, pretty, feminine look and I felt as if Dr. Kolker was reading my mind when he explained his vision. His operations are costlier than others but I couldn't be happier or more confident in my choice. Well worth every penny spent. Stephanie, the nurse practitioner is so personable, sweet and caring. I don't even remember falling asleep because she and I were too busy talking weddings! The anesthesiologist immediately put my mind at ease, he explained thoroughly what to expect and talked me through all the happenings in the OR. I woke up pain free. Jillian and Shea are always there to answer calls or emails as soon as they can. Jillian has personality for days and Shea is on top of her stuff like nobody's business. I can't say enough good thinks about my experience with Dr. Kolker's office and staff. You all are the best!