34 Year Old , 2 Kids, Time to Do Something for Me! - Sydney, AU

Hi everyone. I'm from Sydney Australia, I know...

Hi everyone. I'm from Sydney Australia, I know this is an American site but thought I'd share my journey anyway in the hope sit might provide guidance for some of you lovely gals. I'm of Sri Lankan Heritage, aged 34, with two daughters aged 22 months and 10 years.
I developed breasts at around age 11 and quickly filled out a C cup. My breast grew and grew and after having two Ida and breastfeeding I was left with a 12 F bra size on a 5'1 frame weighing 65kgs. I'm a tad overweight but certainly not big enough to pull of big boobs!
I have been thinking about breast reduction surgery for over 15 years and finally decided six months ago that I had had enough of carrying them around. I don't plan on having any more kids.

It was time to gain some confidence, get rid of the constant neck pain, exercise more and wear the clothes I wanted to wear!!!

2 weeks post op tomorrow

Been feeling very well for the most part. Stopped taking all pain meds around day 6 post op. incisions seems to healing well. Very little discomfort and no pain. BUT then today I was changing my bra when I noticed a small round patch on my bra of dried yellow discharge! I totally freaked out. It's all dried, no more discharge coming out and it's not sore. I rang the nurse who said it sounds normal, tomorrow I have my two week checkup so they'll have a look then. Anyone else experienced this? I'm so nervous about the healing process. I just want to ensure I don't get any infections. I haven't had a proper shower for two weeks and feel disgusting! Can't wait for my first shower. Heaven.

2nd week post op appointment today

This afternoon I will have my second week post op appointment. I am quite nervous as I don't have a strong stomach to handle gross stuff. I am at a stage in my post op where all I am concerned about is healing with no problems or infections. But my left hand side has been a bit uncomfortable and I'm concerned that some stitches are starting to pop out. I'm just hoping I've healed enough that I don't end up with any holes or open wounds *gag*! Other than that I'm feeling pretty good. Getting cabin fever from spending so much time at home and particularly feel bad for my nearly 2 year old who has been ever patient. Next post will talk about how I've handled recovery with a toddler and some tips xx

My experience and tips for recovery with a toddler at home!

Ok so I have a delightful soon to be two year old at home, I'm still caring for her 100% of the time. My husband works six days a week but I do have my mum vey close by. I don't think I was quite prepared for how limiting my ability to care for her was going to be. The first week was fine as my husband was home and my mum was over every morning to help. If I have someone with me I'm happy to take her to the park or playgroup, but even pushing the pram is too strenuous. I have missed cuddling and kissing her so much! It's so hard avoiding a child's affection but I just can't risk her throwing herself onto my boobs! Ouch! So my tips would be:

* have someone at home to help as long as possible!!! Big one right here. The first few days all you'll want to do is sleep and rest and mobility is very limited (for me anyway).

* before going into surgery prepare your home as much as possible. I have a 10 year old too so I organised lunch orders for her school lunch, I pre packed recess bags for her, I organised play dates to keep her busy on the weekends for when I'd be stuck at home. I also pre cooked quite a few dinners, gave the house a massive clean too and asked friends to help when they could. Don't be afraid to ask friends and family as usually they are more than happy to help, if not they're douches and you should totally find new friends.

* take all your surgeons advice about post op care! Do not lift, rest, don't shower ect. I have lifted a few times because I felt OK but afterwards would feel sore and tender. It's not worth it! I haven't showered in two weeks and feel like an absolute grot.... But my recovery is more important and I don't sweat so therefore I don't stink. Yay.

* my younger one still sleeps in a cot. I knew I wouldn't be able to lift her in and out for the day sleep so we bought a travel cot that sits on the floor and has a side opening with a zipper so she could just crawl in and out. Has been a life saver! Otherwise a mattress on the floor by I knew she'd just run around and play.

* you get seriously bored! Being house bound really sucks and I get serious cabin fever. Be prepared for endless days and weeks at home being bored! Have friends come visit when you're feeling up for it, Apple TV is my best friend I hire movies.... ALOT..... Play with your toddler, read books and Facebook is always a good connector to the outside world.

*be prepared to look at your body in the mirror and go WTF where did that stomach come from! My proportions completely changed after surgery and now I'm convinced I need to start running and lose some weight ASAP!

* be prepared for sad or depressed days. Some days I feel great, other days I feel depressed. Not getting outside enough really affects my happiness so I make sure to try and walk even around the block to get some fresh air and vitamin D.

* the process of recovery is loooooooooooong! Be patient and gentle with yourself. If you do everything properly and take your surgeons advise everything should go to plan.

* surgical bras are a total bitch. Seriously for me they are so uncomfortable and itchy. Can't wait to stop wearing it!

Xxx hope this helps. Hit me up with questions if you like xx

2 post op appointment went great!

This evening I had my second post op appointment it has been exactly 14 days since my surgery. Feeling no pain just a few tingles here and there but completely off pain meds. Today my surgeon took off all the bandages and I saw the incision sights. I was quite nervous but everything has healed up so well! I am so relieved and thrilled. So no more tape for me just wearing the compression bra for another 4 weeks. Now it's time to decide what scar treatments I'll use to minimise scarring. Looking at either bio oil or silicone sheets.... X

Photos 2 weeks post op

Looking great! So pleased with how things look two weeks post op! Right breast underneath is slightly more thick along the incision line but I'm not too worried about it. Can only get better from here!!!

More photos of two week check up

Very happy!

More photos of two week check up

Very happy!

Having a downer day

So this process of healing and recovery is becoming slightly depressing. I'm sick of being bandaged up and house bound. I feel dirty (haven't showered in over two weeks!) my hair is disgusting and I can't remember the last town I felt nice. I don't feel confident enough to go out for too long so I'm spending a lot of time at home which drives me a little bonkers. I'm really hoping to continue healing well so I can get to that six week post op and start living normally again. I'm also finding the lack of physical intimacy between myself and family hard. I can't even hug my kids properly! ???????????? just have to remain positive.

Sticky Mess

Don't do what I did! Don't have a shower with non waterproof surgical tape ON! I was left after my shower with a sticky mess all over my incisions which then stuck to my bra! Ouch. Every time I moved it will pull. After numerous phone calls and dr Google I headed to the chemist and bought some stuff to wipe it off with. It somewhat worked but it's definitely not all gone. I also used some paw paw ointment and some non sticky gauze over the top of my incisions as I'm no longer using tape.

Three weeks post op today!

Today makes three weeks since my surgery. It's gone both quickly.... and slowly at the same time. It's a slightly frustrating and long recovery but I'm forcing myself to go out more and to try and lead a more normal day so I don't get so bored. Wounds are pretty much all healed up and looking great. My sides are slightly uncomfortable but no pain to speak of except for the random little niggles. No open wounds or sutures popping out - thank god! I can't stand blood or anything gross. I've been very lucky and I hope my luck continues. Still lots more healing to go, but so far so good. I'm really enjoying reading about everyone's experiences. It really is such a unique experience for everyone. Happy to healing to all!

Slow recovery

Ok here are some new pics. I am now close to 4 weeks post op. I think I'm healing well but I do still find my under breast incision a tad uncomfortable. I still a free scabby bits. I'm looking forward to seeing my PS again in two weeks so he can have a good look to see that everything is progressing well. I still don't feel my incisions are healed up enough yet to start massaging or scar treatment. Hope everyone is healing well and feeling happy with their results :-) photos are a little shiny along incisions as I had just smothered them with paw paw ointment after my shower cause they've been itchy so I'm trying to keep them moisturised. Next week I will most likely start the scar treatment gel.

Slow recovery

Ok here are some new pics. I am now close to 4 weeks post op. I think I'm healing well but I do still find my under breast incision a tad uncomfortable. I still a free scabby bits. I'm looking forward to seeing my PS again in two weeks so he can have a good look to see that everything is progressing well. I still don't feel my incisions are healed up enough yet to start massaging or scar treatment. Hope everyone is healing well and feeling happy with their results :-) photos are a little shiny along incisions as I had just smothered them with paw paw ointment after my shower cause they've been itchy so I'm trying to keep them moisturised. Next week I will most likely start the scar treatment gel.

Six week update!

So yesterday I had my six week appointment check up. I have healed up beautifully. There were two small stitches which needed to be snipped and removed. I have now bought some scar treatment gel which I will use everyday for 3 months but to be honest my scars are barley visible. But figured I may as well use it just in case it could Improve it even slightly. I found once I hit the four week post op mark that I felt around 100%. I found the recovery quite slow a tedious so I'm happy to be at a point where I can live a normal life now. I'm every thankful for no complications! I've attached some pics. My boobs look big in the photos I dunno why but they're about a C/D cup. Australian sizing.

Six week post op photos

Scar treatment gel

This is the brand I'm using to treat my scars.

Vertical Scar

Thought I would update y'all, 7 weeks post op now and feeling 100% back to normal. Tomorrow I will be going bra shopping for the first time since my op. I used to be a 12F (Australian sizing) and I am now hoping for 12C/D. Will keep you posted!

My scars are healing so well. I have started my scar treatment gel. Photo attached.

Photo update

7 weeks post op. Unflattering photo as I was lying down in bed! But you get the idea! Very happy with outcome.
Sydney Plastic Surgeon

So far... Fantastic. I obviously still have many follow up appointments but from the initial consultation to surgery day, I have been very happy with the care I have received. The entire team at Dr Choys office are brilliant and very attentive. Very pleased with my choice in surgeon.

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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