…about getting “new” boobs. *If you’re looking for my parenting wisdom, just look back in the archives a wee bit- I’m still a loving mother of a zillion, just been preoccupied with my recovery lately and due to my lifting restrictions, unable to spend much unsupervised time with the kids.*
I did a lot of research, online and off before deciding to go under the knife. I didn’t take it lightly, I knew parts of it would suck, I thought it was still worth it, I thought I was as prepared as I could be.
I’m 5 days out, and it’s interesting how much you have to experience yourself.
Having another person tell you about their experience is not always a good indicator of what you may experience. I’ll divide it into categories, sharing my experience, which as noted- may vary (significantly) from your own.
I didn’t die, so that’s a huge plus. It was a long procedure, 4-4 1/2 hours. Under general anesthesia. I woke up and immediately told them #1 I felt like throwing up. They said they’d get me something for that. #2, it really hurts. They gave me something for that too. I took an 1 1/2 hour nap and woke up feeling much better. So much better I was ready to hit the road, and wanted T to stop and buy me a burrito because I was starving. T told me the doctor had came out right about the time I started to take my long nap and told him “She’s going to love them!” This was reassuring to me- #1, he sounded very confident. #2, it wasn’t “you’ll love them” or “they look great” it was “She’s going to love them” which is what I was going for- after all,
I never forget- it is my body and I’m the only one I did this for.
The pain day 1 was about what I expected, didn’t feel good but was controllable- until the numbing wore off- then it was worse than I had expected.
day 2 was hard to control the pain, even with maximum doses of medication at the closest intervals. (Oxycodone and Valium)
day 3 the pain started to subside for sure, less medication and further spaced.
day 4, pretty much like day 3.
day 5, I’m still having lots of soreness and some tightness, but *really* wanted to be able to drive, so decided against taking hardcore pain meds.
I’m in that difficult place, having less pain than warrants oxy IMO but more than tylenol controls well. So, I took some tylenol and said “bleh, I’ve been through worse.”
Yep, you love your new boobs, you don’t love all the things you want to do, but can’t. Including- working out, driving (on meds),sleeping in a position you are comfortable in (previously a tummy or side sleeper), taking a shower (for a couple days), or taking a nice relaxing bath, wearing regular clothes/bras. And, yeah, all that fluid and stuff from surgery, combined with my comfort eating- means WW will be no joy. Just remember- Tears may ensue, don’t be shocked- this is actually quite common. Both, some women regret their procedures, and then there are women like me who love their results, but hate the recovery and feel down about it. Most demoralizing to me- the realization that my next procedure will be 10X worse in terms of recovery and limitations.
Early post op is not a good time to decide you “hate” your new boobs. The placement, shape, brusing, ect will all be different in the long run. My cosmetic results have actually been exceptional for so early post op. Very little bruising and very symetrical- they still need to “drop” but otherwise I’m pretty impressed. I’ll be excited once the strips are all removed to see the “final” result.
Activities of Daily Living
As mentioned above, the limitations on bathing, sleeping, driving ect. can be rough. I’ve always been independent and kind of type A. So, not being able to do tons of stuff I usually do and depending on others to help me and take care of my kids is really hard. Most people will be back to “normal-ish” in about a week (0r less). I had lunch with T and went to a store today (by myself!!!) but it will be some time before I can lift (any of) the kids again.
Wear button up PJ’s (top/bottom) to surgery/home- the nurses commented on how more people should really do that! I was comfortable and it’s a darn surgery center, no one looked at me funny for wearing pajamas!
Buy button up shirts for post op, you’ll thank me. Only one or two of many things I read online had mentioned this. I think it’s important since lifting your arms above your head is discouraged. I had good luck finding inexpensive, comfortable button up shirts at JCP.
The best bras I found, once I got the blessing to ditch the hideous post-op one, were at Walmart. They are Fruit of the Loom, have hooks all up the front and a thick soft bottom band with a full back for real support.
The claim “so comfortable” you’ll forget you’re wearing it, has actually proven true- which rocks, since I have to wear one 24/7 for awhile.
Worth it factor
I’m still in the thick of recovery, but probably (hopefully) past the worst. I think it was worth it, and I’d do it again. I’m feeling “at home” in my body again. It’s what gives me the push forward to proceed with the more difficult but more rewarding second surgery.