Coming up on a month since the reduction and I’ve had many questions, so here’s an update for those of you wondering.
Monday was 3 weeks. Saw the surgeon last week. She took all the tape off and we had a good look. They are still pretty ‘frankenbooby’ but you can see that they are starting to take shape. Lots of stitches. I thought they just popped in the side but no, incision under each ‘gal’ and up and around nipple. They are self-disolving stitches and there are no drains. Super low maint. –just gotta keep tape on the stitches (keeps scaring to a minimum) for 2-3 months and that’s it. They are super perky! I guess they do a bit of a lift. Not that I needed one, but always nice to see.
I put a bra on for the first time in a month yesterday. It was way too big. Yay! Felt great. Going bra shopping today. They couldn’t make em too small (she said it would look weird) so I got about a full C. Would have liked a B but wasn’t in the cards, but sooo much better than they were before.
Overall, it was a manageable experience. I wouldn’t say ‘fun’ but totally do-able. The pain wasn’t bad in the sense that I was not suffering. More like discomfort. Yes, they were sore and tender as hell for a lot of the time, but nothing extreme or tragic. The worse thing for me was the itch. Holyjeesusmotherofgawd. THAT was maddening, but as it turns out, we think I just had a reaction to the tape. It still bugs me but I’ve got some cream for it. My nipples also were really sore for a couple days. It’s the nerves ‘re-aquainting’ themselves with the bod, I am told.
Biggest challenge: sitting around the house for 3 weeks. You are really supposed to do limited movement for the first couple weeks. I stuck to that. Keeps scaring down. If you wanted to go back to work (minimal physical activity) you could do it easily in 2 weeks (maybe 10 days), but it was a full three weeks before I was feeling good.
Am I glad I did it? Hell yes. They were getting me down. Literally and figuratively. I will be able to run again, wear shirts with buttons, tank tops, and I’ll be able to enter a room where they are not the first thing that people notice. Totally worth the discomfort. It’s liberating. Freedom.
If you are thinking about it, I highly recommend it. In Canada, it’s covered by medical as long is you are bothered physically (ie..backache) by your lovely overgrown ‘ladies’. I waited 6 months. Best thing I ever did.