Thursday, August 3, 2017

Preparing For A Breast Reduction

Never in a million years would I have thought I would be telling y’all I had a breast reduction. This dream has been a long time coming. Since I was in the fourth grade my breast have been rather large. During P.E. at school I changed in the shower so no one would see me. In eighth grade, the bullying began. I received a phone call saying girls were talking about my breast on social media. All the while, I continued to dress in sweatshirts and baggy clothes. Hiding my breast from the world.

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Fast forward, at 21 was when I really began to notice my posture and pain. As with most typical college students I just pushed it aside and continued with life. It has been four years and after having our son my pain has increased. I decided to see my primary doctor and then was referred to Dr. Cash at Nashville Plastic Surgery. After taking one look at me he put in a referral to Tricare. Two weeks later I received my confirmation saying I was approved for the surgery.

PREPARING FOR SURGERY

  1. If you have children make sure someone is going to be able to stay with you for 4-6 weeks post op. You will not be able to lift over five pounds for that extended period. Luckily my mom and dad have my old room converted into a guest room. This gives me the opportunity to heal while I can still be around Waylon.
  2. Make sure you have button up/zip up tops or jackets. I wore a lightweight zip up jacket when I went in for surgery. There is no way you are going to be able to lift your hands above your head so you need to bring something that is easy to get in and out of.
  3. Purchase one sports bra. I say one because you don’t want to spend a ton of money on sports bras and realize you have the wrong size. Your size will continue to change after your surgery due to swelling. After my fifth day of recovery I received the okay from my doctor to wear sports bras. Since I still do not have full range of motion I chose this bra. It buckles in the back like a regular bra but is wireless and stretchy like a sports bra. I went on purchased this second bra so I can rotate them until I find out what my true new size is.
  4. Go to the grocery store a few days before surgery. I made sure I had soup, popsicles, sparkling water (or Sprite), and crackers. I also made sure to get a weeks worth of meals. This would be a good time to try out a local meal prep company. I ordered five lunch meals to last me through my first week. This way I didn’t have to cook or clean up.
  5. Make sure to have plenty of pillows. You will need to take one with you the morning of the surgery to keep in the car for your ride home. I have been sleeping on a recliner and have a total of four pillows around me. I usually sleep on my stomach so the pillows have been very helpful in making myself comfortable.



As for the surgery itself, Dr. Cash told me it would take two to three hours. I woke up and felt discomfort but the nausea is what really got to me. Thankfully my nurse was amazing and within thirty minutes my nausea was gone. The drive home I had no issues with car sickness but I have heard many people have. As for recovery, I am now one week post op. I stopped taking my pain medication a few days ago and I am not going to lie when I say the pain is real y’all.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with my results. I could not say good enough things about Dr. Cash. He and his staff were nothing short of professional. If you are in the Nashville area I definitely would recommend him. If you guys have any questions please let me know!

Comments

  1. My surgery was approved today and I am nervous, a little scared, and excited. I’ve spent all of this evening reading surgery tips and other people’s experiences. Thank you for sharing your experience.
    – Chelsea in California

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience! I’m having a lift and reduction next month and am trying to read as many stories as possible. I’m not really worried about the pain as much as not being able to do things myself:shower, brush my hair, etc. I’ll be staying with my parents for 4 days after the surgery and will then head back to my place.

    • You will be do great! Really the first 24 hours was the hardest for me. I will say that the nausea was worse than the actual pain. That is great you are staying with parents. Mine were so much help afterwards.

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