It's Time to Lighten the Load - Massachusetts

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One week until my BR, and I've been so...

One week until my BR, and I've been so comforted/reassured by reading about others' pre- and post-op. experiences that I figured it was time for me to contribute something. I am hoping to go from a 32G to a 32C, although my PS says it may be more like a "C-minus" when all is said and done!'s a list of things I won't miss post-surgery. Please feel free to add on...

After having my BR, I WILL NOT MISS:
*spending 100s of $$$ on special-order bathing suits and bras
*Feeling like I must choose between looking frumpy (in tops that are roomy enough to hide my size G breasts) and trashy (in fitted tops that look like I'm trying to show off)
*That oh-so-familiar feeling of underwire that couldn't take it anymore and finally poked through the bra material into my underarm...
*The ugly red marks on my grooved shoulders and around my ribcage whenever I take my bra off.
*My husband coming at me with large objects to do the "pencil test" for perkiness (if the pencil stays put under the breast, it is no longer perky...well, my husband has a great sense of humor about my breasts, so he thinks it's funny to see what will stay under there. The latest was a large sneaker!)
*That maddeningly itchy feeling of skin upon skin under my breasts.
*Those embarrassing moments when my "headlights" are on and they are in completely different locations (does anyone else have this problem?)...
*The 4-5 Lady Grace employees who end up fussing over me and causing quite a little scene in the dressing room whenever I try to buy a new bra.

Thanks again, July BR ladies, for getting me through this past month with hope and humor!

Hmmm...five days away and I'm starting to have...

Hmmm...five days away and I'm starting to have second thoughts: is this typical? I drove a friend into the hospital for her cancer treatment yesterday, and felt so selfish. Here I am doing elective surgery that I really could live without, and there are so many people struggling just to stay alive. ...& now that my BR date is so close, I'm starting to look around and notice other women's breasts. There are so many people out there with bigger boobs than mine! Why aren't they doing it, and are mine really big enough to justify this? Well, the Two PS's I saw think I'm a candidate, and my insurance company is covering the surgery, but sometimes it feels so "frivolous"?... Reading the forum and reviews on this site definitely helps remind me of why I wanted to do this in the fist place, though.

5 weeks post-op: I'm so sorry that I'm not...

5 weeks post-op:
I'm so sorry that I'm not posting pictures without clothes on: Long story, but let's just say I'm nervous about my two tech-savvy teenagers and the fact that I work with middle-schoolers in this town! (If you want to see the "real" pictures, just message me privately and I'll send them)... has been five weeks since my surgery. Everything has gone very well: I feel fantastic and absolutely LOVE the way my new breasts feel and look (& my husband loves them too!). I think the PS said he removed 500 from one side and 450 from the other. It's amazing what a difference a few pounds make when you're carrying them around all day: I feel so light and my shoulders are pain-free! Looks like I'll be about a 32-34 C when the swelling goes down.

I had one relatively minor complication: around one week post-op., I developed a bright red, bumpy and intensely itchy rash. My PS felt that it was my body's reaction to the swelling and bruising. He eventually prescribed a steroid cream, which, in combination with Motrin and Benadryl, helped with the itchiness. The rash finally subsided in about a week. At my 3-wk. post-op. visit I was cleared to ride my bike & swim in our pool. So... although I'm not back to the gym yet, I've been riding on a 14-mile bike trail near my house whenever I can. Hopefully that will help me lose some of the belly fat that I am now ultra-aware of! I feel incredibly fortunate that I have had such an easy recovery and beautiful results. I would do it all over again in a SECOND: totally worth it! This site was so reassuring and helpful to me pre- and post-operatively. Thanks to all those who wrote reviews, and especially to all the brave, open, and kind ladies on the July forum!
Boston Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Doherty came highly recommended, and I can see why! He and his entire staff have been so caring, attentive, and helpful. He spent tons of time answering my questions and reassuring me before the surgery. I'm so happy with the results: he does beautiful work! Dr. Doherty came into his office on a Sunday to remove my drains, and he has called to check on me more than once post-op. I can't say enough about how wonderful this experience has been, and I know in large part it's due to my selection of Dr. Doherty!

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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