48 Year Old in Need of Some "Remodeling"
I chose my provider by personal recommendations, research and location. I would have liked to see more of his "before and after" photos, but I guess they are the property of the office in which he used to work. He is new in my area and didn't have a lot of photos, but I had a chance to visit with some of his recent patients and read the reviews at his previous practice.
In general, I am an active person who enjoys outdoor activities, racket sports, water sports and working out. I am in good health and my weight is about where is should be.
I had a mini tuck in 2007, but I still have some loose skin, some muscle separation and a bit of fat on my tummy. That will, hopefully, all be taken care of soon. I will also have lipo on my lower back, muffin top. I always thought of my breasts as one of my finer features - that is until the last few years. They have been getting larger and larger and the effects of aging and gravity have taken a toll on them. Hopefully, I will begin to think of them as one of my finer assets after my breast reduction.
Getting close to surgery day and I am…
Getting close to surgery day and I am extremely nervous!
I called yesterday and found out that Blue Cross denied coverage for the breast reduction. A letter is coming to explain the denial.
Here are some breast and body pictures.
Here are a coupe of pictures from my…
Here are a coupe of pictures from my markings. You see the bottom of a swimsuit. That is because I wanted to make sure that all the scarring will be inside the swimsuit. I also had the top, but didn't want to get Sharpie markings on it, as it is a reversible top. I brought it to show him the size of swimsuit top I would like to fit into with out falling out or looking like I'm trying to fit into a top that is waaay to small. We spend our summers on a boat - so this sizing was really important to me. I have not taken any pictures of scars. As a matter of fact - I have not even looked at them. I have no desire to. I told dr. M that I will probably cry every time I see the scars around my nipples - until they are really healed up. He said "don't look then". Surgery was Tuesday and today is Saturday. I am feeling much better today. I have my alarm set on my phone to remind me when to take my meds. This is especially helpful in the night so that I don't wake up in raging pain. I actually slept through 2 alarms of hrdromorphine and diazipam last night! I didn't wake up in pain and realized I must have had a really good night's sleep. I will post some pictures of scars when I get enough guts to look. By the way - no shower yet - just using body wipes and that seems to be working.
I had my drains removed today. Day 9. It…
I had my drains removed today. Day 9. It doesn't hurt. It's just a strange feeling. Most of the pain I am dealing with right now is because of a cough I developed 2 days after surgery!! I thought I was coming apart from the inside!!! I must be healing pretty well because the coughing doesn't hurt quite as much. Still hurts. Now I have developed a full blown cold. I guess it's a good thing I didn't have any plans this weekend. All else is well. The pictures are from my first shower - which was not good. I swore I wasn't going to take another one until the drains came out, but I broke down and took one today before they came out. The other picture is of my set up, by my recliner. I also had gloves, alcohol, body cleansing wipes and dry shampoo (don't care for) in the bathroom.
Well here I am 2 weeks and 1 day past…
Well here I am 2 weeks and 1 day past surgery. I think yesterday was a day for turning corners. No narcotics for pain for several days. Tylenol when some relief is needed. Nipples are hurting to hurt when I get cold - I guess that's a good sign. I drove myself to CVS - just a couple of blocks - to pick up some supplies then my sis-in-law drove me to the doctor's office for my 2 week check up. Everything looks good and is healing well. I still have some glue covering my incision lines - I think that's probably a good thing. At least, it makes me feel more secure showering. I actually took a shower by myself today and washed my hair! I have a stool in the shower - which I would HIGHLY recommend. I don't like patting my incisions dry, so I just sit in the bathroom until they are dry enough to put binder and bra back on. Here are a few shower pictures. Sorry about the clarity of images - I have a big window in my shower.
2 weeks and 4 days. Boobies are more sore…
2 weeks and 4 days. Boobies are more sore than they have been. I have probably been doing a little more than I should. It's easy to forget to be so careful.
Abdominal incision isn't painful, just tight. I'm afraid of not standing straight because it's so tight. I know it is all part of the healing process.
I am including 4 pictures. One is a strange red bruise. Probably nothing, but sent a picture to the doc to see what he thinks. It's not in the bra line, so not sure what it's all about.