Had My Re-Reduction April 20th!

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Hello! My first reduction was my freshman year of...

Hello! My first reduction was my freshman year of high school, in 1989. It was a fantastic decision at the time! With 23 years, three pregnancies, three (mostly) breastfed babies and some weight gain, I'm sitting at a 38 DDD/G. A few weeks ago, I received a call that my PS had a cancellation and could see me the following week, instead of my original appointment date 6 months out. His office submitted it to insurance and the *very next day* I received the approval letter in the mail. They must have processed it immediately and put it the in mail that day (it's local, so 1 day delivery). Anyway, I'm nervous about having a repeat reduction. My PS is the best in the area, and he said that there is a risk of compromising the blood supply to the nipple, since pedicle has already been done and my old PS likely doesn't have the records. According to him, worst case scenario if blood supply is compromised, he does a reconstruction. (He didn't say it exactly like that... but that's my summary.) He didn't seem to think that the risk was great, but of course it is a possibility. I'm hoping my old PS (out of state from where I live now) has the records, but it's unlikely. If anyone has been through a repeat reduction, (I think - LOL) I would like to hear your story / advice.

As suspected, my former PS doesn't have my records...

As suspected, my former PS doesn't have my records any longer, which is unfortunate. My pre-op appointment is a week from Wednesday, on March 28th. I'll be sure to ask my PS more about the risks of a repeat reduction. Obviously, the risks must be low or he wouldn't perform the surgery.

My pre-op mammogram is scheduled for a week from Tuesday, March 27th. It will be my first mammogram and I'm not sure what to expect.... I've heard everything from no discomfort to extremely painful.

24 days to go... the count down is on! Today was...

24 days to go... the count down is on! Today was my pre-op mammogram. It was my first ever and went well. It wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined. The best part is that the results were read quickly and all is well!

Tomorrow is my pre-op appointment with my PS. I'm nervous and excited, but hope that my nerves will be calmed at the appointment.

My pre-op appointment was today and went great. ...

My pre-op appointment was today and went great. I'm feeling much more at ease. With having a RE-reduction, I've been worried about the possibility of blood supply being compromised. My PS said that in 15 years, he has had 3 re-reductions with complications. The first, he was able to tell during surgery that the nipple and areola were losing blood supply and he did a nipple graft during surgery on one side. The second, over the course of days, the patient lost blood supply to the nipple. He said that the scenario was much different, in that the patient was much older and was morbidly obese. He did nipple reconstruction and both he and the patient were satisfied with the outcome. The third, the patient began to have blood supply issues in one nipple. He and the patient decided to wait and monitor the progress. Eventually, the blood supply corrected itself. He was very thorough and went through each scenario.

I'll post the answers to my other questions, in case they help someone else:

-I may shower on day 2, or wait until after my drain tubes are removed on day 3. The nurse said that many patients wait until after their drain tubes are removed because they are afraid to remove the Ace bandage themselves and the drain tubes can be difficult to navigate. In any event, I can take a shallow bath whenever I feel like it... which I'll be doing!

-I'll have dissolvable stitches, so no stitch removal.

-The PS's office will send me home with a post-op bra, but I may wish to buy a few more to rotate through.

-He is planning to remove 600 grams from each breast. He said that 200 grams generally equals one cup size. I've lost a little weight and am currently a 38G / 38DDD, so that would take me down to approximately a C. He did ask if I would be happy with a B, if he was able to do that. My answer was that I'd do backflips! LOL

The countdown is on!!!! Only 4 days to go! My...

The countdown is on!!!! Only 4 days to go! My concern with complications is lifting. I realized that a complication of a re-reduction is small and even if something happens, I'll still have the physical burden relieved.

My prescriptions are all filled: nausea patch to start wearing the night before, Zofran if nausea persists after surgery (I have a history of nausea and vomiting from general anesthesia), and Vicodin (which I hope to not have to use much). I bought the pillow with arms from WalMart for sleeping on my back and a bolster from TJ Maxx to put under my knees when sleeping.

Now if I could just find a one-cup-size, front close sports bra! Any suggestions?! (Kohl's and WalMart didn't have them....)

My repeat reduction was yesterday! So glad to be...

My repeat reduction was yesterday! So glad to be onto the recovery phase. The surgery went well and my biggest fear... blood supply issues... seems to not have happened!!!!

I'm feeling remarkably well and taking pain meds every few hours. There relatively no pain, just soreness. They have my chest bound up very tight with a wrap that will come off at my post-op appointment on Monday. There's be relatively little drainage.

The reading pillow with arms made it much easier to sleep last night. I actually slept pretty well.

5 Days Post-Op: Recovery is going amazingly well! ...

5 Days Post-Op: Recovery is going amazingly well! I'm basically back to normal, except for not lifting more than 10 pounds. My mom left today, so we'll see how it goes with putting our 2 year old into her crib tonight. We put a chair next to the crib, so hopefully I can coax her into it. :o)

My breasts look good, but feel even better! I'm pleased with the size and shape, but I'm surprised that I could have gone smaller. There's some swelling, I would imagine, and I'd still like to lose 30 pounds more, so it would be totally fine if they ended up even smaller. I was originally thinking that I'm a large B / small C, but I'm thinking maybe I'm a medium C / small D (possibly from swelling since the bandages were removed on Day 2). Can't wait to find out for sure in a few weeks when I can go bra shopping!

I have two areas of slight concern. My right breast (and right in the picture, thanks to the mirror) is larger. (It was larger before surgery as well.) When my drains were in, the right barely drained. BUT when I took of the binding, it drained quite a lot one time, then went back to almost nothing. I'm hoping it is just retaining more fluid and will even out eventually. The second concern is on my left breast. There's a "wrinkle" towards the middle. I can't tell if it's from the steri-strip or not. If not, hopefully it will relax over time.

All and all, I'm very, very please. Even if my two concerns don't resolve themselves, I'm still extremely pleased! And this was a repeat reduction... my PS had additional challenges... maintaining blood supply was BY FAR my main objective. He did that flawlessly and maintained sensation on both sides. Thumps up to him! (Sorry for rambling on....)

I was at the store solo this afternoon and decided...

I was at the store solo this afternoon and decided to grab an underwire-free bra to try on for fun. The 38C was too big!!!! I'm guessing the 38B or 36C would have fit. This is one happy girl! I still have about 30 pounds to lose and would be tickled to end up even smaller.

On a related note, my right side (and right in my pictures) is still considerably larger. While it may end up being a little larger than the left (as it was pre-re-reduction LOL), I'm now believing that the size difference may be mostly attributable to swelling. The right seems to have more "going on"... tingling, pulling, etc. It all seems like normal sensations in the healing process, but there's definitely more activity on the right. Can anyone give an opinion as to how long significant swelling can last? I remember reading that some swelling can last longer than 6 months, but I would imagine that the bulk of it is gone long before that, no? Thanks!

I'm freaked out at the moment. My PS said that...

I'm freaked out at the moment. My PS said that the steri-strips should stay on for 2 weeks. Seeing as tomorrow is 2 weeks, I peeled up the corner of one to see how easily it would come off. There was a little dried blood on the incision. I *immediately* got light headed and tried in vain to call for my husband who was asleep in the next room. The next thing I remember I was looking sideways at the shower door and didn't know where I was. I passed out cold and landed on the laundry basket. I was able to barely remember and get out my husband's name. It took me a few minutes to completely recover. I'm sitting here shaking.

After a restless sleep, I'm doing fine today. My...

After a restless sleep, I'm doing fine today. My hip hurts a bit where I fell onto the laundry basket. You should see the laundry basket! It's a sturdy one and it looks like a crumpled mess. I'm so thankful that it was there to break my fall! If I would have fallen the other direction, I would have gone into the countertop.

In any event, I spoke with a doctor this morning (not PS) and she was certain it was from pulling up the steri-strip, and not anything else. Thereafter, I called my PS's office. The nurse said that I can come in today and they'll remove the strips for me. So I'm going to do that. There's no chance in h-e-double-hockey-sticks that I'm going to attempt to remove them myself. LOL

Look for a steri-strip-free picture soon!!!! Here's hoping they looks as good in the buff as they do with the strips!

FOUR WEEKS post op, as of today! First to the...

FOUR WEEKS post op, as of today! First to the scary part. As you may recall, I fainted while taking off my steri-strips at 2 weeks post-op. A couple of days later, I started feeling "off." I felt fuzzy in the brain, sensitivity to light and sound, my vision was off and I had spells of dizziness. I thought at first that I had a migraine coming on, but after days nothing else happened. Then I started to become worried and thought that I had a sinus infection and it was messing with my optic nerve. After 10 days, I went to the doctor and it turned out that I had a concussion! I didn't know that symptoms could have delayed onset. At the time of the appointment, I was feeling much better, so he didn't order a CT scan to check for brain bleed. (YIKES!) I'm feeling 90% back to normal now. The bruise on my hip hasn't fully healed, so I suppose it's normal that my head hasn't either. :o| Doctor said to take it easy (mentally and physically).

Now on to the reduction.... I feel fine physically and have for a while. I'm VERY pleased with my tiny size! The areola look beautiful. I have full sensitivity. The scars around the areola are perfect and the incision down the front of the breast are perfect. BUT, I'm not totally pleased with the incisions that run underneath the breast. Towards the center, they fold back in on themselves and it's bugging me. I'm also worried that it could invite yeast. Does anyone have experience with having a scar re-done?

Also, on the outside of my right breast, almost under my arm, there is more bulk. I'm going to ask about having that reduced.... maybe with lipo? It's not a huge issue, but he seemed to contour the outside of my left breast more than the right. This is FAR less of an issue than the scar and I might not end up even mentioning it.

A remarkable thing has happened in the past few...

A remarkable thing has happened in the past few days. The funky scars in the center are flattening out! It's almost like there were internal stitches pulled overly tight and as they're dissolving, the skin is able to go into it's intended position. (Not sure if that makes sense!) In any event, I'm thinking I might not need a revision. When am I going to lean to have faith in my PS! He's fantastic! A friend said last week that he's seen all of the boobies in town. You have to be good to do work on that many people!
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