35 Years Old, DDD to C - Ontario CAN

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I have always had a love hate relationship with my...

I have always had a love hate relationship with my breasts. I was a D cup at a young age and suffered from weak shoulders. In my early 20s I started lifting weights to strengthen and found that really helped my shoulder pain but unfortunately it made my breasts look even bigger! After having 2 kids and slowly gaining weight my chest size was a 38 DD but a DDD was probably more like it. I finally bit the bullet and had the surgery. I was tired of never having any choices in bras and clothing...the shoulder pain. Not to mention I wasn't a fan of the male attention. My doctor told me he'd make me a C. "Not to big, not to small."

Almost 2 weeks post op

Well this is really a journey!
Week 2 and I'm more mobile but have to limit my activities. Even cleaning up supper dishes got me overheated yesterday. I started driving my kids to the sitters and it's a little tough when I hit pot holes. I am out of Tylenol 3, (stopped taking Percocet due to a reaction) and I'm feeling really swollen today. Still sleeping in the recliner chair. My doc doesn't want me in a bra, just fitted tank tops. I'm adjusting to my new size but think I'm smaller than the C/D he promised. I mourned for a couple days. My husband seems ok with it but it's hard to tell. I found I had post op blues for a bit but some retail therapy has helped! I will post pics soon.

Pics DD/DDD 38 to C/D

More pics

Suture tape is starting to fall off. See the pic of my suture under my arm...does anyone else's look like that?

Pain relief

Just wondering what's everyone doing for pain relief? I've never been on pain killers other than ibuprofen or Tylenol. The pain isn't bad if I'm relaxing but not cool once I start doing things. I can suffer through it but I'm irritable with my 7 and 4 year old. My daughter can tell when im getting overheated and will ask. She says she can see it in my face lol. Since the Percocet made me crazy anxious I started taking Tylenol 3. But now I'm down to extra strength. I also picked up something at the health store called Traumeel. It's supposed to help your body recover. Best taken before surgery and immediately after but I just found it today. Also trying to eat healthy, take iron and eat more protein so I heal quickly.

Question about redness and itching

Tonight after showering I noticed that I've developed redness on the breasts near the nipple but not too close. Wondering if it's a reaction to the tape. Also today I've had increased swelling which I chalked up to being off Tylenol 3. I'm also starting to itch on the upper part of my breasts away from sutures. I'm finished the antibiotics as of last week. The itching is getting on my nerves!!

Week 2, what I've learned

This is a life changing event. Not just physical. It challenges me on many levels. I've never had to take care of myself like this before. Not even after giving birth was I allowed to put mySelf first. I've never expected my husband to do this much for me or asked for this kind of emotional support. I'm trying to figure out who this new "me" will be. What will I take on now that I don't have this cumbersome appendage that kept me constantly on alert on the placement of my clothes and other peoples gazes. I didn't realize how much I defined myself by the size of my breasts!
I've learned that I was so harsh on myself after surgery. I was terrible! The way I spoke to myself and judged was awful. I finally had to stop and say, what the hec are you doing? You just had MAJOR surgery and you are berating yourself about every flaw on your body! If your friends or husband spoke that way it would emotional abuse.
I think in took that "talking to" fairly well. So far so good anyway!

2 week post op pics

Experiencing swelling but starting to like the look. Was worried I was a B cup but tested some bras out for fun and it's clear I'll be a C or D. My doc has me wearing camisoles and no bra. Feeling very free!

The Ahh Bra, Reiki energy healing and stinging nettle tea...

3 weeks today and the time has flown. I'm supposed to return to my desk job on Monday but not feeling like its a good idea yet. I have quite a long commute and driving is really hurting me. It seems like the road vibrations are causing pain more than before and I assume that's because things are softening.
Since I get a bonus week, I decided to amp up my healing regime. I'm taking aloe Vera juice - Yeck!, bought a large size Ahh bra, which is too small -grrr, and booked myself for a reiki session. It was so relaxing and the practitioner didn't know I had surgery but could sense something in that area. He asked me afterwards and I told him what I had done. The whole time I was seeing flashes of colour and light and could feel my chest vibrating. Here's hoping it helped!
I also picked up some stinging nettle tea which supposed to be high in iron and good for healing the stomach ( perfect if the ibuprofen is causing damage). I started taking liquid iron last week and make green smoothies almost every day.
I was feeling super emotional this week but after the reiki I feel so calm and centered. On to week 4!

Dropping and fluffing!

Heading into my fourth week and feeling like I'm coming out of the fog finally! I don't know what I would have done had I not had this site to consult. I thank you all who've shared so thoroughly and supported so many.
I caved and went out to buy some bras yesterday. As I mentioned before my PS told me to wear only a camisole with gauze to protect the wounds and to apply polysporin on clean wounds every day. It was fine at first because the pressure from the swelling made me feel like I couldn't breathe with the tensor wrap I had on initially so was happy once I was free of that. But things have started to hurt more lately which I figure is due to softening and dropping. So I went out and bought a bunch of soft bralettes. Hanes Comfort Flex. Blows my mind that I have to wear an XL though! I'm a size 10 and just had 3 lbs taken off my breasts!!!
Anyway the Hanes comfort flex has padded cups (whaaat?!) never worn a padded bra in my entire life! It's very firm and comfy. Hoping it will help with the swelling. Realizing that my PS didn't give me a whole lot of info before or after my surgery. I see him again on the 19th, I gather for stiches to be removed...
I tried for fun again a regular bra in a C38 cup and it still doesn't fit but I can't really force the girls into the cup yet. But they definitely are wider than a C cup for now. Amazing how I felt like an A cup after my surgery!! I was really trying to keep it together that first week.
I'm nervous about returning to work though. Initially I thought it wouldn't be that noticeable but I'm sure it will be now. I realized the other day that no one told me I look good other than on this site. My husband said so when I asked him but I have yet to get an earnest "you look great!" from anyone in my life. I had a visit last weekend with my sister in law and she said nothing other than it was pretty noticeable... She also went on to tell me my stepmom told her she couldn't believe I was getting a BR. I was pissed off!
As a matter if fact, I'm easily irritated these days. My kids, my husband.... All getting on my nerves.
Someone else posted about their hubby not wanting to look. Mine either. He's squeamish and frankly in feel like telling him to man up! See, told you I was irritable :/

Latest pics

The first compliment :) (other than you ladies of course!)

So yesterday my dear friend came to visit me and brought me all kinds of lovelies. Rose/geranium body spray she made herself, homemade lentil soup, a lulu lemon sports bra and even gave me the cozy sweater off her back. This girl knows how to cheer up a friend!! She hadn't seen me since my post op and her instant remark was "oh you look beautiful!" I decided to wear something fitted so that she could see them in earnest. She remarked later that the only thing she felt was noticeable was the lack of cleavage showing. I was wearing a V neck t-shirt and historically, a tank top would have had to cover the cleavage constantly trying to emerge. I love not having to constantly pull up my shirt! I love bending over without having to put my hand at my chest so as not to flash the room!
Today, I donned my new Hanes Comfort Flex with built in soft cups and am really pleased with how I look. The little thin layer of padding gives just enough shape that it's looking like a much better version of my old bosoms. My friend said I look very much in proportion which is nice. Because who knew having the option of a little padding to boost your confidence while still having beautiful perky breasts of your own could be so liberating :)
As this is likely my last week home I am trying to make the most of it but feeling super lazy. I'd like to be productive in my time alone but my energy level is against me. My kids are 4 and 7 and not pleased with me that they are at the sitters on their spring break... I'm feeling a little guilty about that but since I can't really do anything fun with them right now I figure they are better off there than here climbing the walls and bickering....

4 1/2 weeks

So another week has passed. Tomorrow I see my PS for the first time since a few days after my surgery. I don't know if he's taking stitches out. Feeling a little nervous. I called in to work for an extra week off (this is week 5) because I just don't have the energy back yet and incisions still pull like hell. No to mention the 1 hour commute one way. I felt super guilty but just didn't feel ready to go back yet.
Sunday night I pulled the last two pieces if tape off which were on righty at the t joint. Boy, can I ever feel the difference. Lefty doesn't pull at the incision nearly that much. So I wonder if it would have been better to take the tape off sooner.
I've upped my intake of bromelain and Traumeel (arnica etc) and it seems to make a difference in the swelling. No wonder everyone was raving. I didn't realize you had to increase the recommended dosage.
Getting used to the new girls. Husband still refuses to look because he said he'd want to touch. Haven't slept in the bed yet. Just my husbands recliner. Hats off to Cindy Crawford for designing it :/. It's fugly if you ask me but 4 1/2 weeks and no back pain! I will update more tomorrow after PS visit.

4 1/2 weeks pics

Should say....

I hesitate to admit it but at the moment, I have very little sensation in my nipples. I'm in a bit of denial over this. When my PS mentioned it was possible to lose sensation I'm embarrassed that I kind of fluffed it off. I was so nervous about the whole thing that I barely asked questions. I see him tomorrow and I'm nervous that he won't be optimistic about sensation returning. Right now I can feel touch, but can't actually tell the difference between touching my breast and touching my nipple.... :(
Also there a few hard spots that worry me. I hope it's nothing...

Follow up with PS

Met with my favorite PS today for my 4 week follow up (at nearly 5).
I started panicking once I got in the room because I forgot to take a preventative Advil in case he did any stitches removal or firm hands on investigation lol. I didn't even know if my stitches were all the dissolving kind! Turns out they are. I had one stitch poking out which I noticed the other day but it must have fallen off. I'm not as brave as some of you girls pulling your own out! Keep in mind this is the only medical work I've had done aside from orthodontics :)
I'm happy to say, PS was pleased with the healing. Said the lumps were scar tissue and would resolve with massage. He also reiterated that sensitivity could return. I'm suddenly very itchy tonight and haven't been since I stopped taking pain killers on day 3. Hoping it's a good sign.
He gave me the go ahead to start wearing an underwire bra already if I'm able to tolerate it. Said that compression from the wire would actually help flatten out the scars and break up that hardness. Crazy!
I really like this doc. He's young and very professional. I guess my reasoning for not asking a lot of questions from the get go is that I really felt at ease with him. Even though he was extremely handsome....can u say Awkward!
He gladly gave me a letter for the additional week off and sent me on my way. I don't see him again for 6 months. Feeling relieved and ready to get back to my regular life but with Boobs 2.0!!!


Husband FINALLY looked. He's squeamish so I knew better than to ask before the blood was all gone but come on!! It's been more than 30 days. He went to the PS with me but refused to come in. His reason was that he didn't want to see before he could cop a good feel. Lies!! He was really just chicken. I threatened to flash him and he gave me "respect my wishes...." At which point I stated, this has been a huge journey for me and incredibly scary. It feels like a complete rejection of me that you can't just support me and know that this hurts me. Shortly thereafter he said ok, show me. And when he saw, his eyes got wide and he said "did a pretty good job!" Obviously or I wouldn't be showing them off :p

Back to work

Well on my 3rd day back to work after 5 weeks on the couch. Doing good, feeling tired. I'm out of the house for 10 hours so I think it will take some time to get my energy levels up. I've been taking liquid iron as I figure the blood loss from surgery and me being prone to low iron is probably part of the tiredness. I am looking forward to spring here so I can get out and be more active. It bloody well snowed here again last night.
I'm super happy I took 5 weeks off because I feel worlds better this week than early last week. A friend told me that the mere fact I was questioning going back meant I wasn't ready. She was right.
No one at work has seemed to notice or said anything. And I haven't seen any sideways glances either. I feel a lot more confident and am not always crossing my arms when talking to men. But even if I do, my breasts don't sit on my arms anymore! Small thing but it makes me happy :)
I am struggling with the massaging. I HATE the way it feels. It turns my stomach. I still feel all kinds of hard spots so I know I need to but I just dread it....

6 week pics

7 weeks

If you're reading my review and considering this surgery, I highly recommend it. I wish I had 'before' pics to show you. I was a large DD and after 1.5 and 1.3 lbs removal, I am now a C.
What does this mean? Means I no longer feel like all eyes are on me. Means I no longer feel 10 years older than my 35. Means I can walk around topless in front of my husband and not feel embarrassed. Means I am not conscious of my boobs flopping around during intimate moments...
At 7 weeks, my breasts are still somewhat tender but I don't have to protect them like before. The only part that bothers me is below my anchor incision on the ribs sometimes. It feels like pulling.
I would recommend that you take no less than 3-4 weeks off if you can. I ended up with 5 and I am so greatful I did.
I took it very easy. And because of that, I am recovering well. I never had any bleeding. Little bruising and my swelling now, even after an active day is almost non existent. I have been wearing underwire for three weeks. Only one of my incisions wept after the tape came off and it was pea sized at most.
The emotional and mental recovery was the difficult part for me.
With that behind me, I feel confident to make more changes for the better. It was worth investing the time in me. Worth the guilt, worth the anxiety,
Not a single person I didn't tell has asked me what I did or mentioned a change.
I feel so normal :)

Feeling awesome

So my surgery was feb 14, and I am really starting to feel great. My boobs haven't swelled in weeks. I'm still waiting to get measured for a proper bra size but I expect I'm pretty much a full C. Perfect for me! I can actually still wear some of my old bras that were minimizers. They fit well with no spillage. I never have to adjust my bra through the day anymore. I sometimes have to pinch myself. Today 3 bathing suits I ordered came. And all 3 fit my boobs! No specialty sizes for me woohoo!

Bra Size

Yesterday I was in the city so I went to Victoria Secret to get sized. I've been wearing C38 since my surgery and prior it was DD/DDD 38. I wish I'd been previously measured! I am a DD34!! What the whaaat? Kinda funny :). It's fine by me because I feel small. And bonus to find out I'm a 34 not 38! What a great experience shopping at VS. The girls working the dressing room were so professional. Every bra I tried on fit me! Push-ups, unlined, t-shirt. It was so lovely. The very sexy was my fav but a little pricier than I wanted so I'll wait for a special occasion ;)

5 months

5 months have passed and I am still very happy with the way my breasts are looking. Unfortunately sensation is minimal and hasn't improved. My scars are healing well and I don't think of them much. The ones on my sides have little dog ears but honestly, who cares. I feel like a warrior! I'm surprised I still feel tender at times and itchy as well. Occasionally it feels like something is picking me inside my right breast but I'm still enjoying the freedom and feel so lucky every day :)

Funny Story about back sleeping

Next week I go for my 6 month check up. Quick update on me:
Nipple sensitivity is still almost nil.
Breasts are still somewhat sensitive but not bad.
I'm still a DD 34. Which is fine because the size suits my frame and they are so pretty. Perky perky perky! So happy I did this.

Funny story about having to sleep on your back during recovery.
I slept in a recliner the entire 6 weeks after surgery. I became convinced my house was haunted during that time. Kept waking up hearing footsteps on the stairs. Dreamt of an old lady a lot. I'd experience sleep paralysis regularly. Finally I googled this and these are all symptoms that can come from medication and back sleeping!! Crazy huh. Never happened once I moved back to the bedroom. Thought I'd share in case anyone else thought they were going crazy or experiencing "malevolent" spirits while sleeping in a recliner ;)

6 month review

I had my follow up a couple of weeks ago and according to my doctor, I healed really well. Better than most at this point he said. I still have internal weirdness but he said that was normal, and keep massaging. I still hate doing that.
My scars only recently spread wider but I couldn't care less because my boobs are awesome!!
I read so many reviews saying ladies wish they were smaller but I am relieved he kept me at a D. He took out 1.5 pounds and 1.3 pounds so I def feel lighter and my breasts are never in the way.
I bought some more VS bras after my appointment and decided that I wasn't that disappointed that my bras are still pricey because at least now they can be pretty. True I can pick up a cheap bra that will do the trick in a pinch. But I guess I like quality.
The doc said nipple sensitivity will not likely return. I feel guilty that I maybe should have massaged more...
All said and done I say WORTH IT.
To the ladies fretting over their results please just wait. Wait until you see with new eyes and new clothes!
I will say that being a D34 I still have a hard time getting my size in most stores because 34 is small for a D cup apparently. I had this issue as a teenager too. But who the hell cares!! I know that my boobs look great no matter the tags on my bras.

This Just In - 11 months later

Coming up on a year in just one month. The most unexpected thing has happened.
In the last couple of weeks my breasts have been tender. At times itchy. They never went completely back to normal after surgery anyway but the doctor said that was normal and it was a major surgery affecting a lot of tissue that would continue to heal. The fact that nipple sensitivity hadn't returned though, meant it wouldn't.
But tonight the itchiness was more than normal and I realized that I have some sensitivity back in my right nipple now. I'd say about 75%. The left side still feels numb but also tender so I'm thinking this is a good sign of more to come. I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I had traded the sensitivity for comfort and confidence.
But as it turns out...there's hope so anyone out there who may have lost nipple sensitivity please know that it can return even a year later :)
Dr Charles Ferron

Dr Ferron was very professional, very kind. His secretary was great as well. My consultation with him was in May and surgery date not till February due to my schedule. That may have been too much time. I would have liked if he'd given me written instructions before and after because I was too flustered to remember most things I was told.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 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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