Operation C Cup - Madison, WI
My breasts have given me pain and impacted my...
Fun with numbers
Distance around boobs in 38F bra: 110.5 cm (43.5 in)
Distance around ribcage: 86.5 cm (34 in)
This puts me anywhere from 36I to 38 DDD in various bra calculators. We all know how accurate those are, right? ;-) I generally wear 36DDD or so.
Notch to nipple left: 28 cm (11 in)
Notch to nipple right: 30.5 cm (12 in)
"Ideal" notch to nipple: 19-21 cm
Areolar diameter: 75 cm (3 in)
"Ideal:" 35-45 cm
Nipple to midline left: 15 cm (6 in)
Nipple to midline right 17 cm (6.75 in)
"Ideal:" 9-11 cm
Nipple to infra-mammary crease on both: about 12.5 cm (5 in)
"Ideal:" 7-8 cm
Just for fun I drew some circles of where the "ideal" placement and size of my nipples would be. Hard to believe that is even possible!
The dreaded empire waist top
Tomorrow is the day!
I have been eating as healthy as possible for a few months now and have lost 13 lbs since the winter, but I am still 18 lbs over my goal weight and 13 lbs over the weight I had in my mind as my "surgery weight." I take comfort in the fact that it should be so much easier to exercise after I am smaller, so I'm sure I'll lose it eventually.
Eating lots of vegetables and lean protein, drinking lots of water today. After someone mentioned it on here I looked into what to eat and not eat before surgery, and I cut out all nightshades (potatoes, peppers, eggplant) 2 weeks ago, and I didn't drink any alcohol for a week. And let me tell you, I really enjoy my glass of wine in the evening so that kind of sucks!
So good luck to those who are having surgery today or around now, and I'll check in as I can after I'm done.
Today is the Day--C Day!
Day 1 Post Op
Surgery day went about as well as I could have hoped. I got to the center at 8. The nurses were all dolls. I swear that I've never met a nurse that wasn't! The nurse assigned to follow me had had numerous breast surgeries and was very complimentary of the staff at the center, particularly the anesthesiologist. He came to talk to me first, nice guy. Then Dr. Siebert came in to mark me and we talked about what I wanted, I showed him a couple pictures and stated that I wanted to be a C cup at the biggest. Surgery got started around 9:45, next thing I remember I was back in my recovery room. Apparently the doc came in when I was still waking up to say it all went well but I don't remember that! Surgery was about 3 hours. I had to wait almost 2 hours after I was awake to leave, they kept saying that they wanted the anesthesiologist to talk to me, but he was in another surgery, so they found a different one to check me out. He said I just needed to answer one question and he could release me: What year did Wisconsin gain statehood? And somehow I knew the answer, 1848! I was a little woozy in recovery and I had one moment when I though I was nauseous, but it turned out that it was just my throat feeling closed up and irritated. They brought me some ice and that made it better.
The ride home was a little painful, it's only about 20 minutes but we have a Jeep and it's kinda bouncy! Got home around 3:30. I sat in the recliner and in a comfy chair outside all afternoon and night. Didn't have much appetite, so I only ate some crackers and a piece of toast with honey. That's probably why I felt a little nauseous around 6:30, so I took a Zofran and it was better. Finally fell asleep around 2:30 a.m.! We are in the process of moving, so my bed is a mattress on the floor in the living room. I was a little skeptical about having to sleep down there, but it actually wasn't bad. I'm pretty flexible and the yoga I've been doing has really helped with my core and lower body strength, so I am able to get down and up pretty easily. I have pretty good mobility with my arms, can reach up and around but am being careful not to do it too quickly or while bearing any weight.
Today I still don't feel much appetite but I had some eggs for breakfast and some bone broth soup for lunch. I was trying to only to Tylenol for pain, but a while ago I took a hydrocodone, which seems to be helping a bit. I didn't really like how the oxycodone made me feel but I might try it again later once I have more food in me. I have quite a bit of pain over the entire breast area and on the sides. I feel like the anesthesia cleared well, I could smell/taste it for about an hour after I got home but I did as much deep breathing as I could and that was gone.
I measured myself and I am exactly the same around as I was before, 108 cm. But it's a lot higher up! I am hoping hoping hoping that this is just swelling as I really want to be at least 4 inches smaller than that when this is over. Hard to imagine that all that is swelling? I don't have drains so maybe that is part of why they are still bigger.
I am supposed to change my dressings at 24 hours but I am afraid to take off the bra and look at them! Isn't that silly? I am not afraid of seeing them bruised and bloody, I'm afraid of looking at them and thinking that they seem just as big as they were before. I asked him for one-handed boobs, but when I embrace them over the bra they are still multi-hand. I need to maintain a positive attitude but crap they still seem so big!
Day 2 post op
I have steristrips on the incisions but not around the nipple. I am supposed to put bacitracin ointment on the stitches and on the incisions when the steristrips fall off. They gave me gauze pads to put on under the bra, and I'm supposed to wear it 24/7 for 2 weeks. I am going to look at other bras as I don't really like that this one comes down so low on my belly. It's also fairly tight, although maybe that is good?
Boobs are not so much painful as uncomfortable. The right one is definitely more sore, underneath where the bad bruising is. They are becoming very itchy, which I know is because of the swelling. I could try Benadryl but that makes me super sleepy so I reserve that for bedtime. I am also getting a vibrating feeling in the right one especially, I assume it's a nerve thing. Kind of weird, my husband said that maybe the doctor left his pager in there. Ha ha honey you're hilarious.
I am still feeling a bit sad that they're not immediately smaller. I mean, looking at them yesterday it's obvious that they are indeed smaller, it's just that they are very swollen and they are so perky that they seem almost as big as before. I used to be able to sort of hide them away underneath as they were so saggy and didn't project much, but now they're up and in the forefront and still pulling the buttons of my shirt. I so hope that the swelling will go down soon! I'm taking the Bromelain and trying to move around enough to keep that lymphatic fluid moving.
Day 4: Itching!
Day 5: Itching and Pooping
Good news is that today is my first day off the narcotic pain killers and I'm doing OK. They cleared me to take ibuprofen so I'm alternating that with Tylenol. I'm more clear-headed, but also extremely tired today. I had more energy the last few days, I guess this is just a correction. Tried to do a few things yesterday like folding clothes, putting stuff in the washer/dryer. My boobs told me not to!
They also said it was OK to use hydrocortisone cream on my breasts as long as it's not on the incisions. That made a world of difference with the itching!
Will post pics when I uncover them for my shower later. Not much changed, a bit more swelling on the outsides and bruises spreading.
Boobs be gone!
8 Day post-op
Yesterday is the first day I felt an almost normal level of energy. I was able to go to my appt. then do several errands. Yay!
We leave tomorrow for a trip to our new home in Colorado, driving two vehicles each towing a trailer. I will have to drive a fair amount as it takes about 15 hours and we have 3 drivers for 2 vehicles. I feel pretty good about that, I've been driving around for a few days now and it only hurts if I go over a large bump. The vehicle i'll be driving is very cushy so that shouldn't be much of a problem.
Day 10: on the road!
My back is feeling a pretty good. Upper back is feeling some relief already. Lower back hurt really bad on days 6 and 7 probably from back sleeping and lack of movement but now that I'm able to do more during the day and I can do a little stretching it is better. Still can't sleep on my side but I can change positions some on my back and that helps.
This morning I measured 40.5 inches around so 1 inch less that day after surgery. Swelling on top is getting better but sides and bottom still very big. Left boob has dropped a bit. I know I will be sad because I have loved having them so high and hard and not moving at all!! Haven't felt that since 5th grade!
The girls are very sensitive and itchy. I take this as a good sign that the nerves are regenerating but it's really irritating! I bought a couple bras Monday because the surgical vest was just getting to be too much. My favorite is the Hanes Comfort Flex. Wow is it soft and comfy! I am wearing an XL so it is really loose but that's what feels good now. The last 2 nights I slept with no bra because at the end of the day they are so sensitive and itchy it feels best. I've tried cortisone cream and coconut oil and both seem to help a little, but not much.
It's a weird feeling to have the boobs so itchy and sensitive, but then when I touch or scratch them they are also numb, especially at the sides and bottom.
My energy is pretty good, but still feeling maybe 60% of what it usually is. I haven't been eating as well as I should, what with being on the road, but yesterday I got back on track with fruits and veggies and that will help. I can't wait to have the energy to go for some hikes! It will feel good to exercise again. I've been taking a nap almost every afternoon. I am so NOT a nap person, don't like them, but my body just says to do it.
I think it's safe to say that I've been doing more than I should be for the last 2 weeks and I need to take it down a notch. I feel that my healing is progressing pretty well. I My incisions are looking good except for the junction of the vertical and horizontal, that are where there is almost always an issue. Yesterday I noticed that this area was bright red on both sides, and the left side, which had previously been healing better, has a small area that looks like pus. I called my doc's office and the nurse said that this is very common, especially around this time in the process, and probably has to do with my body reacting to the internal stitches. They are irritating so you the body creates inflammation as a result. She said as long as it doesn't spread and I don't have a fever that it should resolve on its own.
The underside and sides of the breasts are still very itchy and hypersensitive. Annoying, but I'm still going to trust that it is a good sign that I have sensation and that it is a sign of healing going on. Right side swelling seems to have gone done and now it's the left that looks more swollen! Bruises have faded almost away. I still don't have all my energy back but I am able to do what I need to do.
Will post some photos later today--I got a new phone and I can't seem to get the hang of taking a good boob-selfie with it.
A strappy dress!
Strappy Dress Before
Had my 1 month post-op last week and she said it looks good. Normally they'd want to see me in a few months just to take pics and assess, but since I won't be around so we took them now.
Boobs are still swollen, she said I might go down about another half cup size. Yay!
I have a couple spiky things that I assume are sutures. Am I supposed to just leave them alone?
Dammit, it's not letting me upload my pics!
Overall I am pleased with the way my boobs are much more lifted and much firmer. I am not pleased with the size--I was hoping for a small C but they are a full D at least. They measure about 40.5 inches around, which is only 2 inches smaller than before surgery. They are clearly smaller, but just not as small as I would have liked. I am very much enjoying wearing strappy tops with very little support and being able to go without a bra without feeling self-conscious!
I am now focusing on losing weight--I know that the 15 lbs that I'd like to lose will make a difference!
Anybody see this story?
I chose Dr. Siebert because a friend had her reduction with him, and recommended him. So far I have only spoken to him once, at the consult on March 4. He seems confident and no-nonsense, like most surgeons. His PA Luann Shay has been very nice and easy to talk to.